Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Your horse is very cute!
First off, I would suggest some flat lessons for yourself. I see a lot of imbalance on your horse, and that is translating to confusion for your horse.
The first few seconds of the video showed a lot. Your seat is not moving with your horse, your back is stiff and that's making you bounce around in the saddle. This isn't very comfortable for your horse - try relaxing your back and really moving your pelvis with your saddle, and think about sinking into those heels.
Your legs are not solid, which works its way all up your body. See how they swing around a lot? Not just when you're kicking, but when you're trying to balance as well. A solid leg will really help all facets of your riding. I suggest lots of no-stirrup work and see if you can get an instructor to give you a few lunge lessons.
Now, about your hands - they are very rough and unforgiving. You are catching your horse in the mouth and that is not a good thing. I really do suggest you buddy up with an instructor who can really go back over the basics with you. Do you see him flipping his head all over the place? That's when you're catching him in the mouth and he's trying to tell you he doesn't like it.
I think a lot of your hands has to do with your unsteady seat and leg.
Contact is when you keep a feel of the horse's mouth but you do not interfere with the horse's mouth, you are not accomplishing that at the moment.
When you can work WITH your horse, that's when your runs will start to improve.
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