Okay so all the photos are posted here, Riding Zeus (picture heavy!)
, but I wanted a little critique on my riding. I am taking dressage lessons, but not as regularly as I'd like. Supposed to be once a week but because of being out of town and being so busy I haven't gotten one in two weeks, and won't have one this week either.
Anyway. Before we start let me tell you what I see, feel free to repeat though, ha ha.
- Walk - I'm happy with the walk pictures. Like that my leg is secure and underneath me, but look up!
- Trot - In the trot I need to choke up on my reins, and bring my hands up and forward, creating that straight line from elbow to bit, to allow Zeus to reach for the bit and travel a bit better, instead of letting him brace his neck against my hands/arms. I'm mostly okay with my leg, may need to bring it back a smidge in the siting trot.
- Canter - In the one canter I'm much happier with my arms/hands.
- O/F - Need to stay with the motion, may or may not look it, but I was a tad behind his jump. However, I like that I'm not too far out of the saddle in most and I like my landings. Release is just my pre-programmed crest release from all my years as a hunter, and until my confidence and position improves o/f I' happy with staying out of his mouth and out of his way. Leg could be a bit more underneath me but is MUCH improved.
Okay, pictures! Walk: Trot:
(mostly sitting) Canter:
(Only one from this ride so I'm adding another from a week/few weeks ago.)
Sorry it's a video still and dark, but you can see my upper body/seat. O/F:
(Posting the ones from today and then one of two old ones so you can see the improvement.)
Yes, we knocked this down because a) I didn't balance him before the jump and left it all up to him, and b) Because I sat down too early and caused his back legs to come down early and knock the rail. And yes, I was laughing at myself.
Jumped it while it was still down. Early take-off because of the down rail, hard for him to judge the distance correctly and he's still learning to trust my judgment o/f. However, felt that I stayed with him pretty well, considering.
And an old o/f picture
! Much improved, eh?
Thanks in advance for taking the time to critique us!