Agreed with the piano hands- one thing I noticed with English was that, in one point of the video, you start see-sawing with your hands- pulling them this way & that. Just wondering what you were doing and why- in my area, this is how a LOT of people train mostly Western Pleasure horses to set their head 'English', and while I'm not going to comment on *why* it's improper, I'll say that it's not the correct way to set their head, and you may be marked down for it in an English show ring. (It's about 0:10-0:11 in the video.) For English, your upper leg stays put (other than the stirrup-less parts, of course), though your lower leg looks a little unsteady- it's not awful, just a little wobbly here & there. I agree that you should probably take more contact with the bit for English.
I won't pretend to know enough about Western to critique that. Congrats about Worlds, and be sure to post plenty of videos and pictures, as well as letting us know how it goes. I'm sure you're very excited!
I'll leave the rest of the critique to the masters. :)
Edit: Also noticed- I realize there's a reason you are wearing spurs, but be very careful when riding English in spurs- every time your lower leg wobbles, you nudge your horse, and he could easily become numb-sided from it. Just a little added tip- I'm sure you know that already, but pointing it out in the offhand chance you don't. :)
Last edited by horseluver2435; 09-10-2010 at 10:29 PM.