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 ..