oh, me too, about being one who needs an image. I have tons of them that I use!!! but the "ride your own pelvis" helps me a lot. I sometimes link that with thinking of my elbows as being a bit like a "frame" that hangs down , ourside of my hips, and my pelvis floats under the "protection" of those heavy elbows. of course, in reality, my elbows dont' reach to my hips, but thinking of them as like heavy ropes, coming off of a a "maypole" (my spine) give my upper body that weight and solidity that helps it to sit down over the lower body.
really good riders will have a very soft, loose lower body, and a rather firm, strong upper body. it just does't LOOK that way.
another thing, I sometimes think of my collarbone as "leading" . You don't want to push your tummy out, nor raise your ribcage, as some peole do, becuase it makes you pooch your tummy out and roll your lower back forward and you get the opposite of the "prawn" curl. you have a teensy bit of that, when I say you are riding on your fork a bit. I kid of wonder if that saddle seat isn't a bit small for you . . .
anyway, yoiu look so happy and relaxed in that second video and sitting the trot nicely. if you had a bit less outward turn of the lower leg, it might be able to kind of flex a bit with the movement of the trot. if you watch dressage riders who are sitting the trot, you'll see a relaxed leg isn't still. it moves in the sens that it is like a spring; absorbing some of the motion.
all in all, you ride very nicely and have a sweet and happy equine partner. you'll do well!
I forget about my leg. They are definitely pretty stiff. If I become nervous my first response is to tense them up even more and stick them out. I guess I'm trying to put the brakes on or am a bit scared of legging my horse on too much! Also need to work on my feet pointing out. Every
instructor I've had has told me they point outward too much. As another poster said earlier in the post, I'd be able to use my legs more effectively if they point more forward. That's going to be a big concentrating point of mine.
The saddle is a bit too small for me, but so comfy and fits my horse great! It's a Specialized Saddle. I boarded my horse at their stable and they were kind enough to let me use another model of theirs that fit me better, but wasn't for sale (that one was my favorite saddle off all time... it had black and red leather
)I wound up buying this one since they were selling it and I wanted something I was sure would fit my horse. I'm hoping to get a Wintec 2000 within the next two months, hopefully it will be better to use for schooling and keep the Specialized for the trail. Rode in a 17.5" Wintec 2000 and found it very comfy. Had a nice but older Stubben, but the wither clearance wasn't right for my horse and my upper leg was too long for it. Liked it a lot though.
I appreciate your input tinyliny!