Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Sterling, Virginia, USA
My BO's horses are very sensitive (example - you so much as tighten your abdominal muscles and they come to a dead halt, unless they're feeling particularly stubborn or you've been tense the entire ride). They key with these horses is loose, loose, LOOSE. She's always saying "jelly belly, jelly butt" lol. Complete and total relaxation on the rider's part means relaxation and better work on the horse's part.
I suppose it may also depend on if you're learning Classical SPANISH Dressage or Germanic Dressage. Germanic is more...go, go, go. PUSH the horse forward with your seat, etc. Spanish is softer, relaxed, basically melt into your horse and work with him. We ride the classical Spanish way. There's got to be some reason that we always win blues when we still get faults in our tests while the Germanic riders can do almost perfect tests and still score lower than us...