Ok, so follwing on from this thread (http://www.horseforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=6397) I got my boyfriend to take some pictures of my last private lesson to see how I'd improved after a year of lessons.
Just my luck, the instructor put me on a massive cob with a big round belly and an awkward saddle to 'accentuate the flaws in my position'. :roll: T2 also tosses his head around when asked to work and trie to stick it between his knees in canter. Anyway, bear that in mind if you compare the two - T2 the cob is about twice the width and a lot more bouncy than Blythe the TBX!
I'm using my sprenger stirrups here, which I think help a lot. They make it a lot less painful to have my heels out and toes in. Again, note that my heels don't DO 'down' - I have tendonitits - so the suggestion ' push your heels down' isn't helpful. Otherwise,...
I definitely think I have MUCH less of a chair seat that in the last set of photos, especially considering the different circumstances.
My toes CAN go in...in walk and with the sprengers anyway. Before the sprengers I couldn't do this.
Er...ignore his head tossing.
Went into canter...
Sorry about the blur.
Still have a tendancy to tip forward at higher speeds. Though in my defence he really did want his head between his knees
Still fighting about his head position
Toes are out, but leg is back. Can't have everything at once. I think this picture captures the simulataneous battles over where his head is meant to be and how big a 20 metre circle is...
My favourite. My wrist is funky (my left hand always seems awkward with the whip in it) and my toes are out and down but I'm sitting straight and dammit that leg is where I want it!
Thanks in advance for any crit!