EighteenHands; I'm relatively the same with the shorter arm vs the belly! Isn't it frustrating?! I'm working my butt off to fix this, I know it's going to take time though. Can't wait to begin trotting again and work hard on correcting it! You feel like you're doing well and then you see photos/videos and you're like 'What the?! I swear they were bent darn it!'
GoldenHorse; that's what I usually look like, and it's frustrating! I'm sure we'll get there!!
Thought I'd post an update... been working my butt off on remembering my arms whilst riding... and it's actually becoming less of a chore for sure!!
We have had good solid walking moments and here's my favourite to date:
My issue was with the trot, and I'm so thankful that I'm at a stage now where I'm NOT relying so much on my hands for balance and I'm posting from my core more effortlessly! Thanks to tinyliny for giving me such good advice!!
We've even started cantering and I'm trying to ride Honey on a loose rein through it... she doesn't seem to like it to be honest and listens and tries harder when she can feel me there... it's like her canter gets flatter with the longer rein so I know its rider issue for sure!
We're getting better by the ride too and I've even started to "jump" little obstacles (one-two tire height only I'm a chicken!) - never thought I'd ever find the confidence to start again... so I've found with correcting some issues, I'm actually able to balance and ride more efficiently. I thought sharing all this might be helpful to at least someone!! And I'm a little proud of my progress!
This is a great shot, too. Shoulder, hip ankle alignment is excellent. Elbow to bit straight line and no posting off the reins. YOu are obviously carrying your own weight over your stirrups nicely.
You will have simular results at canter when you have a chance to do it more.
Don't lean intot he circle at the canter. I do that , too. It's as if I am trying to "help" the horse. Which of course, isn't helpful at all. And don't over advance your inside shoulder.
A lot of progress can be seen. Don't give up, most of us have had these issues in some degree as we learn th be "lighter" on our horsses' backs. You have made a LOT of progress, so hang in there & enjoy!
Thank you so much tinyliny!! Oh your posts and advice are always so helpful. Her canter has been quite the surprise, I didn't think she was ready for it, having just started trotting again, but she actually offered one and didn't pace out of it (she's a Standardbred for those who don't know)... she's only wobbled maybe three times now in the total of cantering but she's quick to change back to her trot... however she has a really bad habit for leaning in on her circles (and me) for balance in the canter, I know some of that is rider error, and the rest is down to her being green and not really *knowing* how to canter with any balance. She has moments where she gets a little lift in it... and then she throws in a little pig root which has been rather harmless for me considering I'm very nervous with my injury!! I haven't cantered in two years so I'm slowly remembering all my little habits that need fixing too! To be honest I've decided to stop focussing on the canter and back to improving the trot, we're now able to change rein without breaking into a walk so I call that a success! It's very hard with all that grass out there, but I have it coming out of my ears at present so I'm slowly going to address my riding area by strip grazing it and riding in another area. We also changed to a Oval Mouth Snaffle instead of the tom thumb and she's going very well in it!
Cacowgirl; thank you so very much for your comment, it truly means a lot!! I'm trying my best and so is Honey. Am hoping by April we can head off to a Green Horse Show (just walking and trotting only) so am working on many things and getting her fit before I attempt to ask her to school for me... been so long so I might take awhile to find the buttons again!
Cantering can be thrilling or totally scary. I don't use it as much as I used to, but I sure love a smooth ground covering trot, & I can get most of my horses to do at the speed of other horses' canter.Are you in a small area when you ride-or do you go out on trails?Was wondering because you mention her leaning on the circles-how does she do on a straightaway? Take it easy on yourself-it takes a lot to rebuild confidence, especially after an injury-I've been riding for over 50 years, so I've had my share of them.
Cacowgirl; We ride in my paddocks. I am a nervous rider, I once used to have no issue with big spaces or jumping etc... but with experience, age and injuries, well I've become a little nervous out of my comfort zone... I test myself all the time though, I ride in bigger spaces now and trust in my mare more, but all of it is in my paddocks.
One reason is because another grazer's horses are out in the main field and they do have a tendancy to chase my mare when I'm just leading her about, I'd be actually scared to ride her with them around us... as our big injury was done whilst trying to socialise Honey with other horses under saddle. But I plan to slowly get out there, and I think if I can get a bigger space for her, she'll have more room to skip into the canter as desired. On a straight line her canter falls apart - she's only learning to canter under saddle. Her trot can get almost faster than the average canter - being Standardbred she can certainly rack up the speed when going!!
Thanks for the vote of confidence... I know we'll get there in our own time... and I'm just thrilled with our progress so far!! ^_^
While it's good to test your boundaries, also don't just push ahead too fast. There's nothing wrong w/trotting & w/a Standardbred I can see how the gait would have to use different muscles, & might be a longer learning curve & uncomfortable for her. As I get older I feel" the need for speed" much less. Remember-Riding should be fun!
Looking good with the second set of pictures keep up the good work.....
This is how I remember it:
-Abs (they're under there somewhere trust me, LOL) IN
-Chest OUT (as if we need them to look any bigger)
Sit TALL (control that core can reach nice and tall through the top of your head)
And..........if tucking those elbows into your sides for a nice frame means you squish your boobies together a little and your for forearms kinda, well...touch your gut a little (liking the mental picture?) SO BE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just make sure you're wearing a top notch sports bra and a t-shirt with a tight neck. Otherwise boys from MILES around will be standing at the rail drolling as your ladies bounce up and down, LMAO!!!