So last lesson I worked on, we decided to do Shoulders In. I tend to always confuse it with Haunches In, and quite clearly I have no idea what I'm doing in a dressage saddle... (very comfy though!)
So could someone how me some examples of a good shoulders in or explain what I should be trying to achieve on an old stiff horse. My instructer said we were not so much trying to get the textbook perfect shoulders in, but work on getting my horse moving out correctly. So maybe this is why watching what I find on shoulders in, what I was riding seemed to feel quite differant more towards a side pass than a forward movement if that makes sense.
Could someone explain an extremely dumbed down version of how you ask for a shoulders in?
Basically the way we were asking, was while coming around a corner to go down a long wall, my inside rein would come up bring his nose slightly in towards the center of the arena. My outisde rein and body posture, eyes, etc are pointing down the wall. My inside leg is active asking him to move forward.
I was having difficulty in this with finding a balance between him wandering off into the center of the arena because I was not blocking his forward movement with my hands (i felt hard to do with my hands in such a strange position) and being too stiff with my hands and not giving him an "open door"
Anyone want to help the newb out?