I contemplated not posting the video that Mr. Q captured - it's embarrassing. If it could be done wrong, I was doing it. Jodie told me it wasn't that bad because I was getting what I wanted from Rosie, round, through and on the bit consistantly. Good side passes off my seat.. but forward movement was horrible as you will see.
My self critique:
1) My seat is not deep enough. I'm bouncing way too much; no shock absorbers
2) My heel is high which is directly contributing to my not so deep seat
3) Because my seat and legs are bad, my hands are HORRIBLE
4) Elbows out like flapping chicken wings
5) Hands high and bouncy (ugh)
6) I look "tense" all over not relaxed at all, especially in my lower arms.
7) All of this and the fact that I may also be loosing my balance moving forward over her shoulder would explain Rosie's sudden stops and reluctance to move on.
So to fix these things:
Seat and legs:
After warm up I'm going to loose the stirrups. This should cause me to plant my butt and absorb. I can post without stirrups too if need be for short periods. This will build my muscles which will help keep Rosie moving forward.
First I'm going to have Jodie start my lesson on a lunge line. I'm going to drop the reins or go off buckle with a dixie cup of water. As the hands steady I'll move to egg and spoon. That should help with steadying them. I think they are too high in the video as well, but it's hard to gage because of Rosie's head carriage. I'll lower them a bit and try to relax from elbow to wrist while keeping my fingers closed very tightly on the reins.
What do ya'll think? I'm very open to helpful criticism or any ideas to try
By the way that's Jodie riding Bonnie western. Jodie does not ride western so I got to give HER a lesson. That was way fun.