Today I had a rather large brain wave. What if I'm taking the wrong approach with Chinga's dressage training? All contributes to this are highly welcome and appreciated. Now, Chinga and I are both well know on the forum for both good and bad reasons. Anyway, his behavior and manners is amazing and his jumping is going really well. One thing that has come to my attention a while ago is that his dressage still lacks a lot. So I started working on his dressage a large amount and now I have made the choice to take all jumping out of his work until I can have his dressage more balanced, collected, ect.
So I've been working on making my position solid and giving single clear aids and everything like that. But I was watching a video of my coach riding him and noticed that unlike me she has her heels flat or not down and uses her heels to nudge him forward - I feel like I've explained this wrong and with her hands she's incredibly soft but at the same time she's firm. Where as when I ride him I've been going for a continuously soft rein contact. Basically what I've been trying to do is get my position nice but then I've realized I could ride around with a perfect position but I still need to guide and ask him? Where as she adjusts her position to nudge and guide him through. If this makes any sense?
So basically, maybe I'm trying to use my position to trick him into a frame where as she is using hers to guide him into one, pushing him forward with her legs,ect. I really don't know if this makes sense to anyone, but its just my thoughts and I'd really like to hear if this is just me going crazy or maybe I'm onto something..:/
I do understand that roundness is not something that comes from the bit and that it involves a horse working from the hind end, ect and I've attended many lectures on the matter. My coach is a well known and knowledgeable person in the area who works with both green horses and school masters.