11-07-2009, 01:30 PM
| || | Here's what I see...
When you post, you're collapsing on yourself. Not sure if you're a dancer or not, but you have your "box", which is like your core, (torso/shoulders/back) and you can never break the box when you ride. It's a posture and a strength thing. I really have no idea how to explain it more detail without saying "stick out your tatas", because it's so much more than that. And here's a picture of a dancer with a great box. Relaxed, but her abdomen to her shoulders make a box. Hopefully the picture will clarify what I'm trying to say!
Your elbows are too far apart and tense, just hold the reins however it feels natural and your arms will be golden.
Hands, they're too far in front of you. I wouldn't worry about contact at this point. Try to get them 6 inches up the crest from your saddle pad, maybe 3inches above your horse. I think your hands should be about 5 or 6 inches apart from each other too. Keep your thumbs on top, closed hands, and just work on keeping that position.
Leg is good at the walk and trot, but at the canter you start leaning on your hands and your heels pop up. You're also smacking your horse with your butt in the back every stride, so you should ask your instructor if you can sit the canter or go into 2-point.
Hope that helps!