I can't give an in-depth crit, but the two things I see are that you can bring your heel down, and keep your thumbs on top.
I like how quiet your hands are, I like how relaxed you look and how relaxed your horse is carrying you. I hear your instructor in the background, so I will not tell you negative things, that's her job! Anyways, she will probably have your work more on your position, seat & balance. Thank you for posting the vid.
Your horse is beautiful! I like your posture and quiet hands, and you have a very nice seat at the sitting trot - great job!
I noticed you brought your heals up when asking for upward transitions. Try to keep your heals down when asking your horse to trot. I would work on trying to keep your legs quieter during the trot, remember to squeeze with your calves and not your knees :)
Heels down, lengthen those sturrups afew holes, givving you a chair seat. Lovley upper body
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I wish I had your depth of seat at sitting trot! :D You look really relaxed and quiet which is always a good thing.
The only thing I have to say is that you seem to grip with your knee sometimes, and that's when your lower leg seems to become unstable and wobble around a bit. I do this a lot. Most of the time you were fine but there were a couple of points where you seemed to tense up, and therefore grip with the knee. I don't know if your horse is normally laid back like that, but your lower leg coming off her (due to you gripping with your knee instead) could've contributed to why she kept slowing in the trot and falling back to the walk?
One more thing.. sit tall, shoulders back, perky boobs :D
Kinda what the others have already said.
Keep your heels down consistently.
Lengthen your stirrups a tad, so that you can bring your heel backward a bit. You are a little "chair seated", meaning your heels, hips, and ear are NOT in a straight line like they should be.
When you cue your horse with your legs, it should not be so much of using your heels. You should instead use calf pressure. This will help keep your heels down, if you are not moving them around to cue the horse. This also keeps your toes from pointing outward (which they should not do) and keep your feet parralel to your horse.
Yes, I do like how quiet your kept your hands, and in good position too.
Now, I would say a bit opposite of everyone. Yes, I can see that you look relaxed in your riding, yet at the same time you kind of look tense. Maybe just thinking hard? Something just gives me a "stiff" or "tense" feeling about things. I do very much love what your instructor said: "Ride like you are in the Olympics." And that is very true! Keep your head up, and thinking proud.
Overall, not bad!!
I have to agree with beau, a bit. rather than looking relaxed, you look tense to me. You did sit that trot well, and that was good. but if the trot had been bigger you would nto have been able to. you looked a bit like you needed som oiling of your hinges. I meant the knees and hips and ankles. It was like you had yourself locked into a decent position, then your whole body went up and down with the trotting, instead of allowing the unlocked joints of your body to absorb the motion. a quiet rider is not an immobile rider. the quiet rider actually moves a lot.
However, this is not saying you are doing poorly, only that I can understand and agree with Beau and do see an element of stiffness.
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