10-18-2012, 12:08 AM
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I do not think your posting is terrible, by the way. Ha!
I do see an unbalanced rider. But not a new rider. I can tell that the muscle memory is there. You're not riding your horses face, or flopping back onto your horses loins when you sit in the saddle. I'm not offended by your riding at all. I think a good couple months and you'd be right back in the game. I will say that at the canter, I like a horse that can pick up a canter ANYWHERE. I assume this is a lesson horse, so sometimes only picking up the canter in the corners, or doing that messy strung out trot, is the best you can get. It's simply my preference that a horse be able to pick up the gait I am requesting, at any point. Also, a little bit shorter rein at the canter will bridle the horse up in to your hands for a wee bit of connection. I'm not saying he needs to be "on the bit" but I think shortening your reins and asking your horse to connect with you, is completely appropriate.