I am thinking of putting my studies on hold and getting a real feel for working with horses while I'm young and have no bills. I've considered doing this before but have not been able to because of finishing high school and taking a stab at college.
My place is working with animals, and my passion lies in working with and riding horses.
I am 19 have been riding and taking lessons since I was 6 years old. I rode hunter/jumper for most of my life and have been doing very basic dressage for the past year or two now. I rode consistently for many years when I was younger and leased a few horses in that time. Most recently I leased a TB x WB gelding who I jumped and did basic dressage with. I have also ridden western pleasure, and done speed events at a few rodeos, but my real knowledge lies in english riding. I'm open to any discipline though, because in my opinion good training and horsemanship is just that, regardless of what style of riding that you are doing.
I have not ridden consistently in about 6 months, but I am taking lessons a few times a month in dressage, and would easily get back into riding shape if I could afford to ride more. I know where my flaws are, and know what needs improvement. Basically right now all I need is consistency to build up my leg again and solidify the muscle memory. Unfortunately because of school (and being a poor college student) I have not been able to do that.
I am very comfortable around horses, and while I respect them for their power, I am not intimidated by them. I do not over estimate my abilities when working with horses, and do not take unnecessary risks.
I have a few pictures that I'll post and can dig up a riding video or two if requested. If you have an opening for this next year, or know of a good facility please let me know. Once again, I am open to western or english riding, and am a hard worker and a diligent student.
Here are a few pictures of my riding.
I'm going to point out what I see that needs to be worked on. I am tackling these issues, but once again am not able to ride enough to fully correct them yet. I will say that my upper body has improved greatly with my new instructor, and we primarily work on me strengthening my core, riding more with my body, and learning to separate the different parts of my body to influence the horse and give my cues more effectively.
I'll start with the most recent. These are all from 2009 with the TB x WB that I was leasing.
I needed to raise my hands, roll my shoulders back and sit less on my butt. I also should have lengthened my stirrups for flatwork. I was working on battling a hunter/jumper lean from bad instruction. These are my best photos but they are from when I first started taking dressage lessons and are from my first month of leasing this horse. We did (soon after this) switch him out of the gag and into a loose ring french link bit, which he rode went in, and became more trusting of contact in.
Horse on the forehand. Needed to roll my shoulder back, bring my hands up, and sit him on his butt more.
Thank you for taking the time to read all this!
I am open to advice, but I do know how much work these positions are, and I feel that taking this step would at the very least allow me to improve my riding and horsemanship skills, and at best make me realize that I do want to work with horses as my career.
Tell me if I missed something! I'll try to dig up the riding video that I have.