These are from my first canter classes ever, as well as this horse's first canter classes ever. They are about a month old.
Rainy is a 6 y/o Appendix mare (3/4 QH and 1/4 TB). Pretty much trained her with the help of my instructor for about 2 1/2, 3 years now. Again, first canter classes for both of us. Please don't critique her, she was super distracted, not listening particularly well and I was just happy to get through the classes.
*These are from both English Equitation and English Pleasure; this was a local, open schooling show, thus no show clothes; they honestly didn't care what people were wearing.*
At the walk- here's what I see- I like my shoulder hip heel line, because a few months ago I was threatening to fall into a chairseat. My stirrups look a little on the long side for huntseat, but I've shortened them since this show, so maybe now they're okay. Slightly 'broken' wrists, they're tipping down. I'm not sure what I think about my elbows. I think they're okay, but that's for you all to decide. Also, please point out any other flaws you notice.
Cantering- sorry for the odd angle and the dusty conditions of the ring, little dry that day. In this one you can see the awkward thing I do with my hand. I hold one of them in this weird position where it's like turned to the outside. I've been working hard to correct it, but clearly there's a ways to go.
I think my leg's slipped back a bit here, and I'm trying to find a better position for me while cantering- too far forward and Rainy will take that as a cue to go faster, but too far back and we no longer look 'huntseat'. Solution?
Cantering again- I think this one is alright, though I'm sure on the inside my hand is weird again. Also, my outside hand has crept down near my saddle.
Close up to show what my hand does. Can we say awkward?
That's all I've got. Unfortunately for our next show, Rainy had an abscess which didn't heal in time for her to go. Our next show is July 18th, so tell me what I should work on!