To start off this thread… Please give me your honest opinions on things that I need to work on. I will not get defensive though I may try to explain certain things. This critique is for me and not for the horse though if you have constructive things to say about her please go ahead. I know there are lots of things I need to work on with her but I also know that most of those things are a result of me doing something wrong. Which is why I want you guys to pick at me so I can get better. I am working towards training for barrel racing but will not actually be barrel racing till next year as my horse is only 4 this year.
The next thing is that the saddle I am using in this video is not the one I normally use but I have noticed that my saddle is crooked on my horse so I tried out my friends barrel saddle to see if it made a difference which it did.
Some details about where me and my horse are at. For spins, we haven’t worked much on getting her faster as I am just happy if we get them right. The next thing in the video I was trying to do was get her to give her hip and cross over in the back. This is something that we have just started working on so by no means are we pro at it haha. As for my awful posting the trot please give me tips on how to stop bouncing so much. My horses head was high the whole time which I know is due to the fact that I can’t stay steady, which is why I don’t correct her headset at this point (plenty of time to work on that once I am riding correctly). When I sit the trot she and I are much more relaxed but then again we are going a lot slower. For the lope departures, I am working on staying back in my saddle when I lope off rather than leaning into it. Because I was always leaning into it my horse has started to brace herself by having her head up. Again, I will fix that once I am consistent. For flying lead changes, we are to the point where we get them all the time but now I have to work on my own body control as well as hers to get the lead changes more fluid and relaxed.
Some of the things that I know I need to fix… My feet need to be straight forward and I have a tendency to have my feet stick out sideways. Speaking of feet I do realize my stirrups are a bit short but as I said, this was my first time in this saddle. Another thing I need to work on is to look up and the direction I am going. Easier said than done haha. I know there are alot of other things to fix just can't think of them right now.
So as I said in the beginning, please do not hesitate to be completely honest in your critique. I promise to listen to everything everyone has to say but if there is something I just don’t agree with I will not try it.