I'm actually really excited to get feedback on this stuff, despite being a bit nervous at being torn apart I've been riding off and on since childhood, but NEVER received proper training/instruction and only recently have I realized my immense riding faults. After getting some tips from a wonderful trainer this weekend (riding another mare, not Blaze) I worked a lot with B, and these videos are the result. It was a bit of a breakthru for me as a rider, and I want to keep those coming! Sorry the videos are long and not all of riding; there isn't ever someone at the barn so I had to set the camera on the fence.
1st video-Bareback trotting. What I'm working on for me is having an open and supple pelvis and lower back. My balance has always been terrible and sitting B's trot bareback has been a joke until yesterday. Blaze gets rushy at the trot thus why we're working in the round pen. Please critique my riding, and I welcome all suggestions on my form.
2nd video-Trotting under saddle. I didn't feel as great today, because Blaze really wants to take off in the larger arena. I also have to really concentrate on relaxing my back/pelvis while in the saddle, and find that my leg position sometimes suffers and my body tips forward. If it looks like I'm hanging on his mouth, he is often bracing against my hands and I'm doing little half halts.
Just to give you an idea of where I've come from, these pictures are of me on Spree, the mare I was leasing last summer. Finally-Pics of Spree and I! IMAGE HEAVY