Hmm for the first part I think you were kind of chasing each other at that canter. Personally I think it was a little fast especially with the kind of responses he was giving you, so it was hard for your seat to be as smooth but you did a great job keeping up.
I would try bending him more around your inside leg, having your shoulders farther back, it looked like you were sort of reaching a little bit. You also looked a little bit stiff, how did you feel when you were cantering him?
I think before you canter you should try to do more figures, leg yields, and if you know any lateral work that would help him out too. He didn't seem focused on you.. more just going through the motions if that makes sense?
But lovely! Seriously jealous though, you and Ollie are so great together.
The second part is much better. His trot to the left is beautiful and I loved seeing him reach down. You still look a bit stiff up until the 3 minute mark. There your arms and legs and seat are noticeably better. Maybe you should try vibrating that outside rein.. he seems to hang on it some times.
The transition around 3:48 or so I see loose rein then as soon as he gets trotting it gets really right. That shows you that you stopped riding him through the transition. Gotta keep riding, girl! Push him into that bridle as you ask him to step it down to a trot to avoid snagging him in the mouth with the bit.
Watch that loose-tight rein, that can really make a horse sour and bracey and resist the bit, etc.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 05-11-2012 at 01:17 AM.