I"m a recently returned rider, and my recent reintroduction to riding again has been under the expert eye of a dressage coach, while riding her retired GP dressage horse. I'm totally appreciative of this, but sometimes I find myself so frustrated that I'm still struggling to master some fundamentals of riding in this style.
At the moment one of the things that is driving me nuts is my inability to maintain the famous shoulder/hip/heel line while actually *moving* on the horse (I totally nail it while sitting still!! ). The direction that I keep getting given is to feel like I"m "kneeling" but for some reason this description just doesn't gel with me and just confuses me more than anything else! :/
Basically at the moment my feet creep forward so that they're in front of my hip line. When I move them back underneath my hip line while trotting, I suddenly feel precarious, like my entire balance has shifted and I'm going to pitch forward. I can feel secure my gripping more firmly with my knees but I"m pretty sure that it's not a good solution. That's the only way that my body can translate the "kneeling feeling" though.
Has anyone got any other ways of describing what a good dressage shoulder/hip/heel line should feel like while moving?? Or any little thing that helped *you* to achieve a better line? I'd love some help!
(sorry I don't have any footage of me riding, I don't have any at the moment! I know it's hard to troubleshoot without visuals but I"m hoping that at least someone can give me an alternative description on what I should be feeling. :) )