I've been lessoning training level (yay, I got to skip intro! Lol) on a first level horse. We've found some serious holes in my training! I'm almost embarassed to even admit this.
I have to look down at the shoulder to see the diagonal
I just could NOT get it at the lesson! When I was in jumping lessons, we did work at the trot. However, it wasn't that big of a deal to look down. In dressage I know that will affect me HUGELY as I move up.
Instructor had me sit the trot and think about my hip movements. Then, once I thought I had it I was to post. I am extremely right side dominant as it turns out. I've been thinking about it a lot, lets see if I got this right.
Outside him moves forward, inside hip moves forward. Inside, out, Inside out. So when the inside leg pushed my outside hip forward, I should be out of the saddle? So I should begin to leave the saddle as soon as the outside leg lands (inside hip forward)? Sorry if that is confusing.
Also- The cue we use for canter is outside leg back, inside leg at girth, and inside hip lifted. Instructor also said I can think about my outside hip moving down- would that create the same effect, or is it better to think inside hip lifted?
And while we're on that note, when is it best to cue for canter (from trot)? When the outside hind is on the ground or the inside hind?