Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
The first thing that jumps out at me is that you have a very inconsistent contact with the horse's mouth. The reins are flapping quite a bit. This creates an inconsistent contact that is uncomfortable for the horse. I suspect you are freezing your elbow and shoulders as a way of having "quiet/still" hands. Unfortunately, this is not what this freezing gives you. Instead, the reins snap the horse in the mouth every time the reins go from flapping to tight.
You need to keep a tiny bit of a pull on the reins....JUST enough that when the horse gives with its head, the arms move back and instantly absorbs that movement and keeps the very same contact/pressure on the mouth. To get that feel, have someone hold the reins at the bit. Have them gently pull the reins and let them go, making the reins move much as they would when the horse moves. Figure out just how much you need to unlock those elbows and shoulders so that they can keep the same steady pressure. This is a VERY important clue to keeping your hands truly quiet and soft.
Also, your horse is very stiff on its right side. He has no bend. He is leaning so hard on that right (inside) shoulder that he is actually counter bending. That is why he keeps picking up the incorrect lead. Use those legs to encourage a better bend! Much less hand and more inside leg at the girth pushing the horse onto it's outside shoulder. Try not to pull the horse into such a small circle until it learns to bend on a 20 meter circle. It only serves to "Pop" his outside shoulder making him very unbalanced.
You have a nice seat and leg, just relax them and use them to enhance your other aids. More leg/seat, less hand (or more consistent hand).
Hope this helps a bit.