So I thought I would start a progress thread, partly to keep track of things and partly to keep me focused on the things I need to work on. In short, I'm new to riding and to horses in general, although I've wanted to work with horses my whole life. I'm now 19 and I want to learn as much as I can about everything to do with horses :)
I'm half-leasing a beautiful boy named Fire, who is an ex-racehorse and lives up to his name. He only stopped racing because he wouldn't start at the gate anymore, so he's still full of energy, fire (excuse the pun), and...uh...racing. He's manageable but a challenge for me, which I guess is what learning is all about. I have some trouble controlling him when he's by himself and even more when he's with other horses/riders. I can't take him on group rides because he gets super competitive and takes off racing. However, I think I've made some progress in the last few weeks, namely with being softer on his mouth and making him more sensitive to what I want [read: I was doing everything wrong and am now doing less things wrong.]
Main things to work on:
1. Keeping my heels down. Holy cow, this is hard. Although, I think my stirrups might be too short...
2. Keeping my hands soft and not pulling on his mouth.
3. Keeping myself calm even when he's freaking me out.
4. My leg position/grip; right now my toes are too turned out so I don't have as good a grip as I should.
5. Sitting up straight and not leaning forward.
That's it for now :) I'll get some more pics up soon (my computer had an incident and I lost my pictures), but for now here's this: