Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
I made it through 4 minutes! ZZzzzz. I'm working a double shift, so if I can't ride, I might as well watch somebody else ride. Your horse is adorable. Other than bucking you off, he seems very sweet and willing. Nothing jumps out at me about your position. You obviously have good instructor who is teaching you proper position and rein contact. You horse is bracing against the contact a bit. I'm sure him being 5 has something to do with that. Instead of continuing on 20 meter circles, I would spiral him and and out when he starts to get stiff, so he can get a better feel for the outside rein. I also don't think it would kill him to add a little more impulsion and get him to reach into the contact a bit more. He's a young horse. Great start! I do agree about the joys of owning a green 5 year old! Hee hee.
"other than bucking me off" lol. He has never bucked before with me, but then again he has never been in an indoor arena during a thunder storm. After I fell off he trotted and turned around and started walking back towards me with a concerned look on his face. I'm very proud of him because I was pretty nervous in this flatwork vid and my mind was racing around not focusing and he didn't go crazy. He braces the contact because his past owners trained him with rollkur, my trainer and I are currently working on weeding it out of him (it is basically INGRAINED in his mind to avoid the contact, either by going above or below the bit). Sadly that is not my trainer but a clinic instructor who comes about once a month.