Hello everyone! First off, I'd like to say that I am a novice adult rider. I began riding September 2011 and it was on a very automatic school horse. I went once a week for a half hour a week up until late Nov when I stopped riding due to the holiday madness and planning for a wedding. I switched barns and picked it back up again around March. Again, I began riding for a half hour a week but on more than one horse and on horses that you actually had to direct in order for them to do what you intended them to do. This is where my real riding began. I am now going typically twice a week for a half hour at a time. I took three weeks off in June for my wedding/honeymoon and I finally got back to where I left off.
I have a short clip of me riding Beauty over two poles. Beauty is a slow started which is why my instructor is telling me to "wack her" which is really me giving a tap on her shoulder to get her going.
So this is what I see:
I am posting way too high. I know it's supposed to be bringing your hips forward like a thrust and I feel like I am doing that but from watching the clip it just seems that I am rising way too far out of the seat. I was wondering if lengthening the stirrups would help that? I started with them short and actually lowered the right one and kept the left one short due to cramping in my right leg. I'm thinking I should lower the left to match the right? Would this help at all? I also think I am sitting way too far back. Any tips/tricks/observations to improve that? It feels fluid but looking at it looks like I am trying really hard when I don't really feel like I am when I'm in the actually doing it.
Wrong diagonal! I need to mind that.
I think my heels are low enough, my hands seem pretty steady and I made it over the poles without skipping a beat so I'm happy about that. I also corrected my diagonal and kept it correct towards the end.
Any constructive criticism is so appreciated! I love riding and I am so excited to improve every time I get in the saddle :) I hope to be cantering by the end of Sept. That's my mini goal ..