Had a nice ride tonight. Instead of stressing about whether she was impulsive enough, forward enough, active enough, etc and nagging her about all of the above, as I tend to do sometimes, I concentrated on riding her as if she was a box, with her shoulders and hips as the corners of the box. No matter what we did, transitions, shoulder-in, half pass, whatever, the box had to be in line and in balance. That's it. It made a huge difference. She got wonderfully light and supple.
Gotta remember this visualisation when I go to ride my trainee on Thursday. I've started helping a woman with her Welsh Section D, who's seven years old but green as grass. The rider is just as green but wants some dressage schooling put on her mare, just so the mare is a little bit more educated and at least confident and balanced in the arena. At the moment, she is none of the above. Gypsum, miraculously (because I trained her) knows what she should be doing so long as you stop being an eejit and let her do it. The cute little Welshie knows nothing and has the worst balance of any greenie I have ever ridden, and needs to be shown what to do.