All except for the shifting of the weight. Just twist at the waist the tiniest bit, look where your horse's shoulders are going and put your shoulders the same - and your weight will go where it needs to go - otherwise the horse will fall in, turn in, or you will turn into a giant human pretzel.
I don't advocate telling people to weight one side of the other to do shoulder in, even to start or teach it to a green horse, and no one has ever taught me to do that in 40 years of dressage lessons, clinics, etc. At the judge's seminar we just attended, she said she got a super score in a class (PSG I think) and maybe won, when she asked the judge why, she said, 'you had the only horse that was not falling in'.
I sit smack in the middle of the saddle for all that stuff; the leg and seat aids are plenty and turning at the waist and looking where you should, it's all that's needed. I would not want to weight one side more or the lateral work will become falling in.
Pretent you have a pair of headlights on your chest(yes, yes I know the double entendre) - and aim them the same place as the horse's shoulders.
Phillipe Karl is the current darling of a very, very vocal small group. He has an extremely limited view of training and how it should be done. He's set up a training program for students to become certified in teaching 'Karl Dressage'. All they have to do is pay him for lessons for three years.
I've seen some of the graduates. But it was watching him ride, that settled the matter for me.
Last edited by slc; 02-15-2011 at 06:39 PM.