Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
I see allot of stiff inside rein. You are not giving what-so-ever with your inside rein at all, you aren't rewarding him or aiding him to carry and support himself when you hold that inside rein so much.
The outside rein is where most of the function comes from. The outside rein aids in the controll of tempo, speed. It keeps the outside shoulder under your horse, and it is your turning rein as well.
You must learn to drive inside leg, into outside rein - so that your horse can learn to carry himself.
Too much inside rein, creates a stiff, on the muscle horse - with no release from his rider.
The moment he gives to you, you must give back.
I also see your leather way too long. You reach for your toe often and you are gripping your knees in response. Your leathers should be at the correct length to give you a strong base of security in your tack. Your leathe should be at the correct length, whether doing dressage or jumping - so that your knees don't have to be the part of your body you rely on for comfort. Your heels must beable to do their job...always.
When your leathe are too long, you search for other avenues for security. Knees, toes.
Also, your seat isn't being permitted to do its job when you have to reach for your toes.
I also see too much head tilt to the inside, again - way to much inside rein. He should be on the outside rein. When he has to carry his head to the inside, or to the outside - a shoulder ends up popping. Here, his outside shoulder is popping.
You never ask for a bend or turn with your inside rein. You use your inside leg, your seat bone and outside rein.
He is on the forehand, but with more function with your lower leg, and proper hand carraige, you can learn to lift him up and into you.