Or in my case, the video. I had a lesson yesterday and decided to take some video. Wow, wow, wow. It was very enlightening. Sadly, the video camera was too far away to catch anything my trainer is saying and it's not a great picture, but boy did I learn something. I learned that I have NO concept of bent elbows. None. Zip. Zero. My legs aren't as bad as I thought, my seat looks weak but okay. My torso is a bit forward and I obviously need to get more core strength. But my elbows. Sweet baby Jesus my elbows are like ramrods of tension from my tight forward shoulders to my locked up wrists. I complained yesterday that my arm was hurting and NO WONDER!! It's locked up tighter than a prison! And when I think I'm gently using my arm to move the rein back and tip her nose in, I'm actually just wiggling my hands around with my elbows shoved in front of me. The video is such poor quality that I won't post it. I tried to take still shots from it, but we're so far away it's kind of pointless. Besides, I might be ready to write about my awful riding for the whole wide world, but I'm not sure I'm ready to put an actual video of it out there yet. Maybe next time.
I'm going to go through my riding books and look for exercises on keeping elbows soft and bent. I know the old trick about putting a whip through your elbows and behind your back, but on a green, spooky horse....no thanks. I'm not ready for that.