09-17-2012, 03:30 PM
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Yes, quiet and soften those hands!
And if you're going to ride her with contact, make sure it's a steady contact, not "bouncy". I was told to create inviting contact by softening my elbows, so I think you should give that a try too, I think it would help the horse. You can see her starting to toss her head.
I think that I'd like to see you make transitions within her trot so to speak. For example, from a slower trot, into a faster one and ease her back down to a slow trot.
And when you canter her, she looks like she wants to run with you, so ask for a canter, let her canter a few strides, and then go back down to a trot. Don't do what you did at about 7 minutes into the video. That quick jerk-jerk on the reins will not solve much, trust me.
I'd like to hear other peoples thoughts, I'm just going off of my personal experience.