Well, would you be able to post a video? or at least a bunch of photos? it's hard to tell much from one photo.
What I can see is that you have your leg off the horse, and wondering why that is.
Also, the horse is twisting his head, so there is resistance there somewhere, right?
His head twist is mirrored by yours.
so, stay very upright all the way through your neck. If he start getting twisted, don't twist yourself in an attempt to "untwist" him. I know all about this becuase it's something I really, really struggle with. I find myself bent over and kind of looking at the side of his neck or face, as if that could affect a lateral move.
Dropping your stirrups a notch, sitting more on your seatbones, keeping centered over him side to side and your head over your shoulders all help.
you are an adorable pair!
Unfortunately I don't :[
I think my leg was off him in an attempt to make sure that there were no "mixed signals" as he likes to move sideways instead of forward. I'm not sure if that's the best way to handle that, so if you have any suggestions, that would be great!
There is quite a bit of resistance. Good eye :] He is a very opinionated horse! Haha. At the moment we still have quite a few discussions about it throughout our rides, but we have been moving in the right direction.
I'll have to really pay attention to the position of my neck and shoulders next time I ride. I realized that I was twisted, but actually missed that I was mirroring him. Interesting. Thank you so much for the critique!!
Sorry no critique, just wanted to say the you horse (pony? He looks smallish) is super cute!
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Aw thanks! I love him. He's a small quarter horse, probably around 15.1 hh but he's never been sticked.
From the one photo (and it is much much easier from a video), The horse seems to be coming along nicely however he is still quite downhill.
You need to work towards setting him back over his hocks some more and lightening that front end
for you personaly I would say:
you need to get your shoulders back,
LOOK UP!!! not at the horse, you look down and that is where you will end up!
Thumbs on top!
Other then that I realy cant tell much from just one photo!
I've really been working on getting him working under himself. I suspect he has a bit of hock arthritis in his left hind, so my plan is to put him on a joint supplement and hopefully that will help him really be able to reach under himself and work through his back.
Bah, hands are something I've always struggled with! Thanks :]