You were definitely more together and relaxed with the gray horse. I agree that for both videos, your stirrups were too short. I'd lengthen them a hole or two; too short of a leg can make it very difficult to grip correctly with your legs (calf & thigh vs. knee). Since the focus is on you and the paint, I'll talk about that video now. Although the idea of keeping the reins long and giving him his head is kind, the way it's being done isn't all too correct. You need to pick up more of a contact (maybe go up two stoppers on the reins) and keep your hands closed firmly but forgivingly with your thumbs on top, not to the side. Elbows should be bent slightly and most of the motion should come from there. With your hands and reins so loose, your horse is feeling it every time you post. Even though you're not pulling on his mouth, per say, you are tightening the reins and giving slight pressure, which he can feel. This is making him pretty confused - he doesn't know whether you're asking him to slow down, stop, or turn, or whether he should slow down because it feels like you're losing your balance. Overall, you need to be confident but forgiving, not so kind and cautious that your aids are confusing, like they are now. So: shorten up the reins and lengthen the stirrups, give from your elbows but keep your shoulders back, and ride with confidence! Keep your gentle posting, but make sure it's definitive and in time - horses will slow down or speed up with the pace of your posts, or become confused if it feels like you're unsure and off balance.
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