Hi guys. As you know, I am an adult returing rider, who just bought Zee in October. We're two old fogies who have been away from riding for years. I've been back in the saddle for a year after taking about 12 years off. He's back to being ridden after the last several years as a semi-retired pasture puff. I really wanted to do the winter schooling series at our neighboring barn that starts December 19th (four shows, one per month through March). Since we're so very rusty and out of shape, I planned to do the Beginner Rider division (basically beginner eq), just on the flat to start, and maybe over x-rails towards the end of the series. Now that its getting close, I'm wondering if I'm rushing into it. It's really just for fun, and I know we're not ready to do anything over fences, but it is still too soon? He's still lazy and behind the leg much of the time, I still have a very sloppy position, and just kinda feel like we have so much work ahead of us that we should probbly wait til Spring for our barn's schooling series. For the life of me, I cannot seem to get my upper body in an upright position! And I suffer from chicken wing arms. We have a tough time with transitions and although I know I'll laugh about it, I don't know if I really want to be kicking halfway around the ring when the judge says trot and we're still walking!!
Here's yesterday's video over some fences. Yesterday was his 4th day being worked in a row (that's a lot for him) and two days in a row over little fences. I think we were both getting tired and had a real tough time finding distances. After the video was done we threw in the towel and went for a lovely trail ride!
Advice? Opinions? Suggestions?