I learned today that I need to ride with my seat more. Ricci responds so much better when I use my SEAT to control her bend, her rhythm, her tempo, everything. It's so hard to focus on yourself when you ride alone, all I've been thinking is "Ricci this, Ricci that" and I am falling apart and I'm not doing my poor, amazing mare any favors. I noticed that my posting is mindless, my seat is just coming along for the ride for the most part. How pathetic is that?
So today, I quit worrying about her so much. I think today is the day I realized that when you ride RIGHT, your horse will come to you in the way you want. And guess what? She came to me! She's not perfect, she still gets a little strung out, she's still a touch heavy on the forehand [but heaps better and she continues to get lighter and lighter] but man, she was doing what I've been asking her for for months and I didn't have to hold and carry every muscle! Duh, Leigha. Isn't that what you've been reading on this forum for months?
Anywhoot. I need a few exercises or suggestions to help solidify my lower body, both in and out of the saddle. My upper body is pretty stable, my hands are still and quiet, and my lower legs are also pretty good. The problem is my knees to my belly button. Honestly, I think I need to do some jumps and cavelettis, but alas! I have no horse or equipment to do it! Mostly, I think I just need to strengthen those muscles, and if I can do some of it out of the saddle, that would help a lot.
So please, suggest away! =D