So I've had some great help on this forum before... and I just recently got told to focus a little more on my hands. I've tried, granted this is the first ride of working on them, but I just want to ensure I'm going in the right direction!
Background: my mare and I have been on a 2yr hiatus after a freak accident. We're both overweight and working on losing it currently. I'm a partially disabled/damaged rider, as my right knee/leg is in poor shape from the accident and ongoing knee issues. I try to not let it be a problem with my riding, and do strengthening exercises daily.
Honey has been in a fair amount of pain that's recently been addressed by a chiropractor. She was brought back into work SLOWLY with three weeks worth of walking. We've just started trotting again, and it hasn't been great until yesterday's ride where everything clicked. She is fresh in the trot, and zooming, and I have the bad habit of collecting my reins when she does so. I just wanted to get the trot a little more consistent and then focus on slowing down.
Please no comments on saddle fit/weight issues/myself fitting the saddle. I've heard it all before. Whilst I respect constructive criticism, I'm working with the best of my capabilities. The saddle goes forward because she is barely withered and a barrel. It gets better each week. And I'm losing weight so I can fit into this saddle. I've saved for 6yrs for an Isabell, and finally have one. This is the only saddle that I've found to help aide my ability to ride.
I welcome any constructive criticism otherwise. I'm the type of rider who is aware of my limitations and am working incredibly hard to improve. What I see is that I need to add some length in my reins, work on relaxing my elbow more and get some riding boots so I can have a more effective ankle ;) I also perch forward a little now and then too. But my main concern here is my hands, and stopping with the bracing. Thanks in advance.
Old pictures... before saddle change/chiro.
Newer pictures in new saddle/after chiro...
Yesterdays pics - with working on my hands...
^ My favourite photo.
Thanks again ^_^