Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
First, I really like your horse. Not only is he sweet-natured and calm, but he also knows his cues well AND he's flashy!!
I think we should all remember that riding is a very physical activity. Many of our muscles need to be strengthened before we can isolate our arms and legs from our torsos.
I agree with half-halts, and I use them always on my horses, if for no other reason then to remind them I'm in charge!
I'd like to suggest that you strengthen your abs and legs by riding the walk and canter with some slack for awhile. Your horse is trying to keep constant contact on the bit, but your contact isn't steady. If he rushes, you're already in an arena, so just push him faster and tire him out. I don't see him rushing in this video, however, ??
Try posting the trot with your knuckles on his neck right in front of the pommel. If he sighs, you'll know that you were bumping him in the mouth.
Try warming up by riding the walk without stirrups and LET YOUR LEGS HANG and wait to speed up until you feel VERY HEAVY in the saddle. It may take a good hour the first time you do it. A good striding walk will warm him up without stressing him, and you'll be more relaxed, more weighted. Keep your thumbs up and push your arms away from you--think straight elbows. This will teach your body to not pull up your knees, pull in your arms and adopt a fetal position, bc that makes you stiff. If he is heavy on the forehand, break up the track by periodically riding over the poles, so he has to raise his forehand and use his haunches.
One more thing--I've picked you apart, but I really do like your horse, and if you can find a fun cross-training activity to do with him so you're less concerned about your form, I think you'll both improve your riding and improve on your relationship with your horse. =D
Last edited by Corporal; 12-07-2011 at 01:49 PM.