07-04-2013, 02:30 AM
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Don't be afraid to post your critique wanted threads, everyone on here is usually lovely and you are in no way a horrible rider! You do have things to improve on, but we all do.
Relax! It makes everything so much more enjoyable for you and your horse, but also makes your position so much nicer. You look very stiff, as you said above you didn't notice, a lot of riders don't. I know when I ride a little stiff some times, my coach will yell at me to relax - and I'm just like, what? I'm not even nervous at all! Sometimes we do it subconsciously, try not to worry about your position (as a whole) too much and think of little things.
Start with your arms, you have no bend in them at all! That must not be very comfortable for you, and probably feels a little strange to your horse too!! Try to keep your elbows beside you, and remember to keep your hands soft. It's almost weird to imagine, but think of yours wrists being like 'stretchy'. You don't want your arms to be tight and tense, you'll subconsciously be having a hard contact with your horses mouth. Soft!!
Your lower leg is nice, remember to keep your toes facing inwards though - otherwise your heels are n horses horses side all the time and your knee is very open. It seems that your horse is a little lazy? Remember to only squeeze with your legs when you really need to, not every stride. He will become a bit unresponsive to it. Instead of nudging him with your heels, try squeezing your entire lower leg, using all of it to push him forward.
I hope I could help, your a good rider. :)