03-21-2012, 05:41 PM
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The two point position is a tattle tale :) When you came out of the saddle your leg slid back which would have put you off balance due to your heel being up (or level) and your upper body being more forward which is probably why you are resting your hands on the horse's neck :)
In two point, bring your lower leg more forward so your foot is at the girth. Close your hip angle without moving forward. Think of pushing your horse away with your hands. THis will center you over the saddle and allow to really sinkj into your heel..it will also keep your leg from sliding back. Do lots and LOTS of two point at the trot :).
In the third picture you have my problem and as I hear constantly, close your fingers :) Just as with your two point, you need to bring your leg a little mnore forward..it has slid back here. Sink into your heel and that will help. To help stretch out that tendon, if it is stiff, stand in your irons and really sink down in your heel. I also keep this up by putting the ball of my foot on the edge of a stair and sink down.
It is hard to tell from the angle but your iron length looks good. Try this though. Take your foot out of the iron and relax your leg and foot. The bottom part of the iron should hit at the ankle bone.
In the third picture you have a good angle from elbow to wrist to horse's mouth..a nice straight line which is what you want, but, your hands are too low..you want them above the neck kind of like what you have in pic 2.
In pic two you have the old piano hands; I do it a lot too :)..thumbs up and picture yourself holding two ice cream cones. THis helps with keeping your thumbs up and closing your fingers on the reins. Believe it or not, the horse does feel a different and lighter feel when your thumbs are up, it isn't just for looks. When you turn your hands flat, it puts pressure on the mouth.
Shoulders back, or if you rather, open up your chest :) and yes...SMILE ..oh...and breathe. Always breathe :)
As others have said, cute horse...you are doing well. The corrections are minor :)