First off, a bit of background so you know where I'm coming from. I'm a totally on-my-own rider. My horse was bought on a whim, greenbroke, when I didn't even know how to bridle a horse. (I do not recommend that). I don't have a trainer, I don't have lessons - I can't spare the money for them. So please none of the 'go find a trainer' business. I've been doing well learning mostly on my own - with TONS of research, videos, books, and the HF has helped me a ton. We make progress. It's just slow.
That being said, as much as I now advocate "green horse + green rider = black and blue" we work well together. We are making constant progress, it's just slower than most people's. Was a bit hairy at first, but it's so much better now than it was before. She has moved barns a lot to be with me going to school, etc, which I think has actually helped out a lot with her trusting me. Of all the greenbroke horses I could have bought, I think she was the best option.
This brings me to my question. I see a lot of people talk about a horse being heavy on the forehand and not 'working from behind' - it seems that a lot of people can even tell from just a picture. I'm just going to go out on a limb and assume my horse rides heavy on the forehand, partly because she's a half draft and partly because it seems that most horses do until you learn to collect them.
When I'm riding, is there any way to tell when Clementine is heavy on the forehand? And how can I get her working from behind and collecting herself? You want the horse to reach under more with the back legs and be lighter with the fronts, yes? Would this be doable on my own, or would I need a video camera or something to record myself? (Totally can't afford that) :P I'd like to be able to have a nice collected horse, but I'm not sure if some of these things can be achieved by myself.
Also... HOW can you tell just from pictures? When people comment 'oh, she looks a bit heavy on the front' as much as I stare I just can't see it. Anyone have some video or something of the difference? :p