Hi sonny and welcom to the forum.
At first I was a bit opposed to doing loungline lessons but I truly do love them.
A little back-round of myself. I am 40 yrs old and I rode from the age of 5 into my early 20's then did not ride for almost 20 yrs. In the last 5 years of my life I was dealing with many injuries (no horse related). Any how, Because I carried my body in a "protection" fashion, I completely had to re-learn how to position myself when riding.
A lot of "things" had to get worked out!
I didn't go on the lounge line actually until about maybe a few weeks ago. I have only been riding regularly now for about maybe 6 months.
But I was super motivated (as you sound) to get the positional things down because I could not ride effectlvely until some things were worked out.
One thing that helped me was to have a pomel strap to help me balance and really get into my seat, and not have to worry about what to hold onto. Also when I started the lounge lessons I somtimes would have some contact with the horses reins and my instructor would tell me to let them out as I got more comfortable and trusted wht she, myself, and the horse were doing. This allowed me to build that trust and "feel" of my mount and my own body position. Something that has totally paid off for me now.
I also didn't go stirrupless. Don't think we have done that one.
As for using my core this is something that has been developing over time. Not sure if your instructor has had you try and slow or speed up the pace by engaging your core and the opening up your hips etc
I think your overall position is failry good. I think we all have something we can work on. One thing I noticed is that your shoulders could be less rounded and more open. This was really hard for me to re-learn as I have had to neck surgeries, so I totally wanted to protect and be stiff rather than to allow myself to relax and be open in the shoulders.
Being able to open my shoulders and relax also helped with the lower part of my body being stiff.
If there is any way at all you can have someone take video clips of your lessons i feel it is a great tool to use. This will help you to see what is going on and hear your instructor giving you guidence and direction. Then when you make the changes while riding you will be able to not only feel them, but then see them happening on the video.
I think some of the issues you have are one that work out over time. For example now that your aware of "your toes pointing out" or whatever the case might be, the more your ride and get other body parts in alignment the better the toes will become.
Ahhh then there will be another thing to work on.
Hope this helps you out some.
I think your doing oretty darn good already.
Keep up the good work.
Last edited by HalfPass; 02-21-2010 at 07:00 PM.