Originally Posted by tinyliny
Wow. I disagree pretty strongly with the critiques give so far. I think you did splendidly. This is a young horse with a big trot and a lot of forward. He isn't going to be super balanced or collected and you aren't working o that. He will have a lot of "bounce" and that means you will, too.
I thought your posting was in very good synch with the energy, lift and rythm of the hrose. Yes, the forward seat saddle had your leg a tiny, and I mean tiny, but too forward. But, you were light and had a very sympathetic seat for a green hrose.
Especially noteworthy was the wonderful quietness of you hand. Look at it. Really look at it. It never bobbles but rather gives the horse a steady and neutral contact. You let the young horse have a lot of head but he was connected.
Your canter was rock solid from waist down, again , steady hands from what I could see.
Other than seeing you "piano hands" it from time to time, I could not think of one critisism for that ride on that horse and for those purposes.
Oh, wow. Thank you very much!
Yes, his trot initially took some getting used too! My own horse's gaits are extremely smooth and easy to ride, and other than our pony and my trainer's horse twice, I hadn't ridden a different horse in years. I am really enjoying working with this guy, as not only have I been able to teach him things and see him grow, but I have bettered my riding in the meantime.
Like I mentioned prior, this guy is for sale, but I can not wait until I can afford to buy another horse for myself and work with him/her like I have with this guy. I am a progress junkie and it's so much fun! ;)