Last week trainer and I rode together. It went well and my rides since then have been fantastic. We have a long way to go but I'm actually fixing some position issues that have kept us from improving. Today I got on first. It was so nice to feel like we had improved over the week instead of just picking up where we left off (or going backwards). She rode after and took him over some cross rails. He was very good
My friend came to video and we luckily had a break in the rain. It helps so much to see exactly what I'm doing wrong and right. I've gotten into a really bad chair seat. I'm well aware but I can't seem to figure out a trick for fixing it so I just go along with my feet braced in front of me. Cricket found a way that seems to be helping. She says "point your knees down" which is much better than the voice in my head saying "dumbass stop bracing your feet". I don't see the problem going away anytime soon but I feel like I'm making headway for the first time in years.
My other big issue is crazy arms. I've never had bad hands and there was even a time when I would say I had good hands. I don't know when this crazy arm/hand thing appeared but it's here and it needs to go.
No lessons and green/problem horses has made me an effective rider without being a pretty rider. And I could be so much more effective if my hands cooperated. I tend to ride Dickie with my hands far too wide and it throws the rest of my body off balance. The second I get my hands together I can feel my stomach muscles engage. My trusty trainer zeroed in this and had been tirelessly reminding me to keep them together. My friend got some video today which helped me realize when I think they are close they are actually still wayyyyy to wide. And when it think I'm touching them I'm really just doing piano hands w my thumbs touching. And apparently I can keep my hands together or bend my elbows. I cannot do both. Sorry Dickie.
I can't wait to get back in the saddle. Between my lesson and the videos I feel like I can make some real headway. My canter work is a hot mess but I think it will fall together once I tweak a few things.