05-14-2009, 10:46 AM
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The first thing -
I know this is a school horse and that you have no control over the tack used, but when you use a Full Cheek Snaffle - it should always be used with Keepers. The Bit was created to sit a certain way in the horses mouth with the keepers. Without the keepers, the bit sits incorrectly in your horses mouth, and not how the bit was intended to be used.
You are using WAY TOO MUCH inside rein. One turns their horse by bending their horses ribs with their inside leg behind the girth, applying outside rein onto their horses outside shoulder and outside leg at the girth.
We turn out horses with out outside aids, to keep our horses under themselves and to prevent that outside shoulder from popping.
You are also leaning into your turns, ending up unbalancing your horse. You must remain balanced over your horses center of gravity - by you tipping to the inside, you've now disrupted balance. If you have to, put all your bodies weight into your outside iron - remember, sit up tall. You can turn your head to look as to where you are going on the turn, but don't allow your body to tip in like that.
Your leg - way to far forward. See how your toes surpass your girth? If you look down from in the saddle, and you can see your toes - they are too forward. Your toes should be at that girth.
I do not think that saddle is right for you at all, and actually hinders your position in the saddle. If I were your coach, I would have you in a padded CC with knee rolls to help you on your way to obtaining strong, functional legs. As it is, this saddle really impede's your progress.
I can't continue, I have to get ready to go see Nelson and give him his meds and head to work.