Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
I am no expert, so I will give you the best I can. I don't think you look to bad, there are only a few things I would have you do for now.
As what was pointed out before, you are sitting in a slight chair seat position. Ideally you want a shoulder-hip-heel alignment. You are sitting slightly to far back in the saddle for that happen.
Next, I would like to see more contact with Amber's mouth. Your reins are floppy, creating inconsistent ques for her. I was seeing this in the canter, every stride or so you are bopping her in the mouth, potentially asking for her to slow down or break the gait. This obviously makes her pace uneven and inconsistent.
Make sure you keep your wrists straight (not broken and bent). This however looks like it is a result from having your reins to long, and you need to bend them in order to have contact with her mouth. Also I would like to see them up above the wither a touch more. Then tend to drop down to the sides of her neck quite a bit. Your hands could also be a little more quiet, though they actually aren't to bad.
I really like your stability with your lower leg. It is nice and quiet, I am really jealous! You have a fair amount of weight in your heels, just watch in the canter sometimes, it looks like the stirrups are starting to slip back as you grip with your knees. I can't be 100% positive due to the lighting and the movement though. Someone else might perhaps correct me with this.
Overall, you have improved very well from your original pictures. Good job!
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky