Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
The first thing I noticed was that your horse looked a touch off.
To be simple about it, shoulders back, hands up, and heels down. You are collapsing, and that will encourage your horse to collapse. Rock back on your seat bones instead of riding on your crotch. These three things will come hand in hand, if you work on one, it will help fix the others, primarily starting on bringing your hands up.
Try not to drive so much with your seat. It looked like you were coaxing your horse to move with every stride with both your seat and your legs. He looked like he was moving very well, I'm not sure if the extra coaxing was necessary. While you are posting the trot, your crotch doesn't need to come up higher than the pommel. Don't think of it as standing up and sitting down, but allowing your horse's movement to "lift" you out of the saddle, and then settle back down. Your thighs should feel a significant burn, because they should "restrict" any excessive "upward" movement. I'm not sure that makes sense. In the simplest of terms, post smaller. =] And in your canter, you are driving a lot with your seat. Sit back on your haunches, and relax into his movement.
To be honest, it was like watching a video of myself. The same test, the same type of horse [big movement, a touch bracey and tense], and the same rider "flaws." It was a little creepy. o_O
You should be very pleased with yourself, it was a great ride. And your horse is beautiful, I'd love a chance to ride him. He just looks like a lot a lot of fun. =D
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