08-01-2011, 09:09 PM
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I'll do the best I can and hopefully I can offer you some advice.
Firstly, if I was you - I'd tighten my reins just a little bit more, that way you have actual contact with the horses - without yanking on their mouths of course! With your hands, I noticed something - which I'm going to attempt to explain however I can't seem to get my words right. So if anyone wants to add onto this - it would be awesome!
It seems like your leaning slightly forwards, causing you to sit with your hands "in your lap'' so to speak? You want a nice line of bend in your elbows, you want to keep your hands in whats called the ''work area''. Personally, I use to struggle with this - so I would put my hands in the wither area and then draw an imaginary box around them (Theres an article about this somewhere which I will attempt to find for you!). When you bring your hands backwards, you begin to become unbalanced, and loose power over pushing the horse forwards through their hind legs.
It may also benifit you to raise your hands a tiny bit, to allow you to have solid hands - by this I mean the position, this does not mean to be yanking on the horses mouth, type thing.