From western to english! I would love a critique on both myself and my mare. I barrel raced before (well, hence the name "BarrelBunny") and she was mainly a kids/trail horse. She was my first horse and I have been with her for 8 years now. Really, she doesn't know much - everything that she does know I taught her (I was 9.. lol). I did teach her the pattern at the beginning of the year, but we only went to one race. Anyhoo, on with the pictures. I have been working really hard on my EQ this past week or so. These pictures are in chronological order - I'll include the dates. I feel like my biggest problem is that when I post I want to tense my upper body, so I lean forward, especially when we add speed. Oh, and you can't forget those super low hands.. *headdesk*
April 20 - just to show you what we started with... lol
June 12 - this is the picture that started the whole thing. I was very annoyed with how I looked and how it felt.
June 13 - started playing with my stirrup length because I felt like they were so short; was thinking that it would help me relax.
June 18 - Too long! Felt like my feet came a little too far forward, but it did help me relax.
June 20 - Definitely more relaxed, but then I let my arms/hands and shoulders get away from me.
June 21 - I feel like I was tensing again.. This was yesterday; critique please!
Oh, and just for fun, haha. The picture on the left was from April, The one on the right was two weeks ago.