Originally Posted by Northern
Imagining your horse is a broom or a pool noodle helps? OK. Now, when you're on the pool noodle, do you have to imagine that it's a horse, for it to work for you? OMG how confuddling!
The pool noodle doesn't look like fun to me. It reminds me of when I was little & rode broomsticks pretending they were horses, & how it just didn't compare to riding a living, breathing horse.
Haha. Well, I wouldn't fancy replacing my horse with a pool noodle, although it would be much cheaper. I doubt pool noodles need to eat much and one can probably live happily in your closet without incurring the wrath of the SPCA.
On a more serious note, I did find it to be a helpful visual image when trying to get a shoulder-in without overbending the neck.