Neh, I decided I'll lay down all my videos and pictures here for critique instead of making a bunch of different threads ;)
Here we are in January...
The temporary trainer at the time had me leaning forward, and I hated it, so I ditched that and have made the change back to my Equitation posture. Every now and then the forward lean creeps up on me, gah... In January I found out about Genny's hock arthritis. We've both made changes since January, but it's still recent enough to crit on, I think. Does the trot look active enough to be a working trot? Or should I be pushing her more forward than that? I've been finding, the more I hold her back, the more she starts to jig when I ask for walk, so for our last ride this week I nudged her into the most active trot I could get without outright having her practically rack, and she exuberantly seized the opportunity... then after two laps it wasn't fun anymore and she started wanting to slow down xD Haha... It's a pain to post fast and keep my balance, but it looks worth it. She has one bone spavin remaining in her right hock, fusing, so she dislikes being asked to keep a short stride or downward transit often... Sticking with poles and jumps keeps her working that butt and not frustrating.
This is us, waaay back in the day, 3-4 years ago with our first trainer. I had canter issues, but thankfully at that point she had stopped yanking the reins. Now you tell me, I think she looks better in the older video than now. She looks more balanced, and was being cared for/handled/owned by a professional--- she was my primary lesson horse then, for about 2 years, and I bought her about 2-3 years ago, and trained mostly solo on my own farm. (I know I can't measure up to the care she had there, but man, I always feel a bit guilty and envious )
I'll be due to upload recent videos! I don't really have a cameraman, so... any tips for setting up cameras? Thanks!