Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Thanks Kayty!! I need to help Duffy's education along and just about to start a thread up about how to introduce leg yielding and shoulder in ;D
I agree with going whole school... the only time I go whole school is in a) a canter- she isn't very balanced so I make her support herself without getting faster! And b) doing medium trot... go whole school with a 15/10m circle to carry you on and on ;D
I find that if I want to ask for more bend, doing a lot of long, low work with the horse to begin with really helps, they get to move, stretch and warm their backs up first, I then do about 10 minutes of 'up' work where I ask for more contact with my reins, more engagement from the hind, and 4 loop serpentines, and 10m circles. Then, 5 minutes long and low doing big figures, figures of eight, three loop serpentines, changes over the diagonal....
When you say you're left leg is weaker I don't know how much you'd be able to cope with flexing to the inside and flexing to the outside as you need a lot of leg and weight in the saddle, not just hands and reins. I try and do this a lot as it gets her back supple, and she has to listen to my weight in the saddle, not just carry on travelling in an outline.