04-30-2014, 03:09 PM
| || | This is me...
At time, but not on purpose...
My horse was originally trained to western riding style. I feel like I am ALWAYS on this mouth in my English lessons during the posting trot.
It must not be too badly (or he is INCREDIBLY tolerant) because he doesn't act up. But, there are times when we have gone around the ring and I swear I did more "hanging on" than rhythmic posting.
I am working very hard on keeping my elbows bent, hand further down, back straight, chest forward.
Where I run into problems is when he moves his neck. Sam wants to naturally trot with a lower neck set than I see others on youtube. I feel as if I am leaning forward to maintain contact and not give him 5 feet of reins. If I pull the reins to put his neck/head in a better frame, I feel as if I am completely on his mouth, not just providing contact.
There are times when the moon aligns and my elbows soften and give and he breaks nicely at the poll, but other times I am being jerked forward and back.
Imagine waterskiing. Do you know that feeling when you pull your arms and tow rope in to your chest and then move your arms out? Because of the tightness and slack in the rope you fall back and then forward? My horse's neck is the tow rope.
Any tips for this to help me be a better rider?