Having watched them a couple of times since I can see where we have improved and have a clearer road map to the issues my trainer mentioned last month in our lessons. There really is a gulf in difference between my right and left leg, the latter requiring a lot more work on my behalf. Having concrete evidence of its waywardness like this will hopefully help me home in on it and bring it more in line with the other one.
My hands, Lord where to start with my hands?! For a start my reins are miles to long. I need to shorten those suckers and raise my hands slightly - but that will come with time. My trainer encourages me to ride with them lower and further apart while i am still holding Nancy's hand until she has the strength and musculature to stays straighter and hold herself better. Baby steps and we will get there.
|A little BTV but rest seems ok to me|
I need to sit my backside in the saddle and perhaps slide a little forward as i think i might be sitting a little far back. The saddle isn't ideal for either of us, but we will keep working with it till I find the magic money tree so i can get us a better fitting one.
|The only "okay" canter pic - bloopers will follow tomorrow|
Monday night the osteo am as Kika kindly let me know our last few spins that she was beginning to feel ouchy. She has her tells in this respect & the fact my horse is not a martyr is a blessing. B (the osteo) was very complimentary of both girls mental & physical state. She commented on their dapples, healthy coats and happy demeanor. K had a few niggles (as expected by me) a little blockage at the base of her neck/withers area, 2 lumbar niggles in her lower back and required a tweak further back but no major bones of contention. B mentioned her need for maintenance possibly being linked to her inclination to spook & hold tension tweaking herself.
Nancy was as close to perfect as possible, B found othing out of place and said she was in great condition with a balanced musculed back. I mentioned my saddle fit concerns and she said she could feel some tension alright but that she was developing muscles correctly. She said I lucked out with her back not being inherited from her Friesian dad which can sometimes be dipped as they were originally bred to be carriage horses. She kept singing her brain praises and how she has such a gentle eye. I really am lucky with both my girls.
Their osteo also does archery from horseback and gas said she'll teach Nancy & I if i can get us to her place a couple of times - SQUEE
How exciting would that be?!