I was lucky enough to have a friend with camera skills stop by for our last schooling session. She took numerous pictures quickly enough to give me an approximation of video as far as assessing my position and the effectiveness of my aids.
Overall, I need to be (more) consistent with my position, shorten my (curse word starting with f) reins, and as always - make sure at the start of the ride that I can use the lightest aids possible. This post should really be titled s-s-d-d...
Jane Savoie detailed a method of evaluating your aids and position during warmup in a recent online symposium which I will post about after the holiday rush is over - promise!
Ready to work
Photographer magnet at work here...
opening inside rein but refraining from steering with it
The end of a turn on the forehand...
(more like turn on the piano hands)
Decent walking, but not engaged yet -
not enough energy
Don't forget the praise!
(wake up Val)
Looking better, but I really need to shorten my reins,