So, I just watched a video of myself riding from 2 years ago. I think I need an updated one, because what I just watched made me cringe. I feel like I ride better than that now... but I'm not sure. I feel bad for my horse - if I were a horse, I'd have said "Screw this..." and left me in the dust. He's so patient and tolerant!!! My trainer says I've improved vastly - I HOPE so! I feel so bad for my awesome, tolerant, forgiving, willing and patient horse... he is truly a rock star for me. We are definitely growing together, but I want to be better, to improve myself for my horse's sake.
I feel like I've gained independence in my aids - like my arms work better for myself and my horse now. However, I want them to work better!!!!! I want to better separate my legs, hands and seat. Does anybody know of any standard, useful exercises I can do while mounted? Even unmounted exercises are welcome!!!! I owe my horse HUGE.
I know what I'm supposed to be doing, it is just a matter of muscle memory and fitness, I guess. Practice, practice, practice... but, what should I add to my practices?