Controlling the outside shoulder?
I seem to be missing a piece of the puzzle. I've spent the past 2 years working on training and first level dressage with my OTTB. We're getting very close to finding the elusive consistent contact that has always been my achiles heel. For the most part, we've got good communication with both reins, legs and seat. That being said, when he does try to avoid an aid, he always escapes out the same front passenger door, that outside shoulder. It is mostly when we're on his stronger side. It happens to be my stronger side to, so hopefully that cancels things out a bit. I'm just not sure where I'm missing it. If I'm on a circle, I try to keep that outside leg present but not nagging, I try to keep my inside shoulder open and supple since I am prone to locking it at times. I pretty much keep the outside rein practically touching his neck, but he still tries to blow me off. I think if he were more supple in that direction it would help, but I'm not sure on how to proceed. I already use leg yield, shouder-in and haunches-in to try to soften his stiff side. Any idea on what I might be missing? Sorry I wrote a book. I am just trying to provide as much info as possible.
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