I'd like you guys to critique me and Lacy.
I know that I'm sticking my feet out (how do you solve that??), I have piano hands in a few of the pictures, and that I make amusing faces as I ride.
Anything about Lacy?
You guys look cute!! Just remember to keep your heel down with the outside branch of the stirrup angled toward your pinky toe and that should help keeping your leg on... but other than that you look good! Just remember to sight up straight and look where you're going sometimes hehe :)
She seems really talented (I've only had her for 4 months) but she's not very motivated. She really loves being ridden but she wants to do what she wants to do and she doesn't like being pushed beyond that. She also picks up on patterns really fast so for instance if I ask her to do a serpentine she'll just do it by herself with no guidance at all... I'm not so sure that's a good thing... Haha
Just a trick that I always use that seems to work very well! Pretend there is a piece of string from your sholder to yoru hip to the back of your ankle. That keeps your where your supposed to be. It is very hard for me to keep my toes in!!! Specially when im showign since im so used to riding cutting horses and barrel horses and you ahve to stick your toes out when your doing that...practice makes perfect!!!lol
You are sitting behind the motion. Sift your weight off of your back pockets and forward onto your seat bones. IN this position your weight will be centered over your horses center of gravity and you will be able to stay with her and not fall beack if she were to take some sudden trot steps.
Pick your hands up out of your lap and a bit more forward, Again, this is due to you being behind your hrose. Once you sit up and shift your weight forward, you will be able to place your hands in a better position.
When I say shift your weight forward, think of schooching yourself forward, don't lean forward. In your last pic, you are in an ideal position!
Practice alot of two point. Aise up in your stirrups, and sit down. This will place yourself in a balanced position and also strengthen your leg and core muscles.
Engage your abs. Don't hunch and suck your stomach in. One your core is engaged, you will be able to lift your weight off of your butt and onto your seat bones, which will result in a more balanced position.