So I am a beginner, walk/trot/just starting to canter. I haven't had a true 'lesson' where my position was critiqued since probably September (couldn't get to my instructor's because of the crazy winter we had), and I feel like I've fallen into some bad habits.
For starters, I see my toes pointing east and west, especially at the trot and in the canter video. Why, and what can I do to fix it?
I also see myself leaning too far forward at the trot and have some icky slouchy/rounded shoulders. I seem to have a hunched-up position up top, I think. Any good ideas for how to open myself up more?
As for my arms, I don't see a straight line from bit to elbow, should I bend my elbows more or lower my hands or...?
***Yes, I am riding hunt style in a dressage saddle...unfortunately it's the only one that fits him and *reasonably* fits me.***
The canter video...I'm still learning to really find my own seat and not pop up too much. I cringe at my yucky pumping, especially at the beginning. Am I catching him in the mouth at all? Sorry about the quality.
A bit about my steed...
I've been fortunate enough to be able to ride this horse all winter and spring. He's 20, and yes he's quite fat. He collects pretty well tracking right (he tends to overbend inside) and the other direction he is very locked up. He likes to try to either not bend at all or take an outside bend, because obviously that's easier (any ideas how to fix that as long as I'm asking for help?
) I assume it is really hard for him because he doesn't have the muscle build (he is a therapy horse and hadn't had any serious riding for a while until I started working with him)
Thank you in advance! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qhe9Ya2HBpo