I know…my arms/hands are a mess. This was only my second time in a dressage saddle. We have come a long ways since this video. Hopefully I will get another video up to redeem myself after WEG.
I lengthened my stirrups, which helped and also shortened my reins, which also helped tremendously.
We are a work in progress in the dressage department. Nothing like a challenge though.
Along with a dressage saddle, you need a dressage whip. This will help you encourage your horse to work from behind, and help him become lighter off your driving aids.
I would try being more quiet while sitting the trot. dont just sit there while at the trot, move with your horse its so much more comfortable for u and your horse.
I was not good at this when I started to ride western pleasure horses and had to sit the jog, i was all over the place, but it helps alot.
I think your doing great.
I myself struggle with staying soft in the hands but it will come. The best thing you can do is to just stay relaxed but keep the contact. A conscious effort to soften at the elbows starting form the walk can go a long way when you move through the gaits.
I don’t necessarily agree with the need for the dressage whip unless you find the horse really lacking impulsion though it does help when the legs get tired. The short riding crop won’t help you with the dressage, save it for jumping.
I wish could jump like you but that’s where practice, practice and more practice comes in.
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