I am almost terrified to even watch videos or see pictures of myself riding. It took me an hour to gather the wherewithal to watch this video a friend took. It is not very high quality. So, questions:
1. Is there a reasonable way to get decent video by yourself? I have a camera that takes decent video, but I would have to take it out as a special session and somehow set it up and have it run while I am riding. Help me so I can bring you steady and high quality footage. ;) I was thinking that maybe if I only use the far end of this small ring, at a non-shadowy part of the day, it might work okay?
2. I know my posting seems exaggerated. I think part of it is because my stirrups seem too far forward and I feel like I am fighting that whenever I ride. Any tips for helping improve that, short of a new saddle (currently riding in an older Wintec Endurance saddle)? Is it just poor muscle memory and form on my part, or likely something else?
3. On a scale of 1 (dragging himself around) to 10 (well engaged), where are we on using his rear? This video clip was actually a pretty good showing of our 'average' performance... he wasn't being bad, but it certainly wasn't one of the times where I was thrilled about how well he did either. Got a bit of evasion and a bit of the wrong lead, both of which we're working on. Obviously the quality is not good enough for anything really fine or detailed, just looking for a general idea of where we're 'starting' from this spring as we get back into work.
Hi. I'm not going to adress Q-1 because others have already done so.
Q-2 tips to improve your posting.
a) get your feet out of the stirrups and cross them over the horse's neck in front of the withers. This will allow you to post without swinging your stirrups to get up.
b) The only thing that should be moving when you post is your rear. Lift your rear towards your hands, not your whole body.
c) keep your hands still
Q-3 Is the horse's hindquarters engaged? No, they are not engaged at all. What i see is:
a) a horse afraid of cantering because the rider is bracing with her hands and bouncing on his back. He charges into the canter because of the pain he knows is coming. If I did this on my horse he would buck me off, and I would deserve it.
b) I also see a very willing horse, that is trying to be a good boy.
I am hoping you have read this far, and I am not saying these thing to be mean, but please get someone to help you. If this is the way you usually ride, you need to stop riding any faster than a walk until you can get good instruction. Please.
I am going to search for a video of what rising trot and canter should look like, ok? BRB.