Originally Posted by Muppetgirl
I'm working on shoulder in.....I think I got it this morning....it's definitely harder than haunches in....is that always the case?
I believe so. Now I've just learned this too
.. but I find that shoulder in really is dependent on where your ribcage is whereas for haunches in it's all about keeping your seat straight, and just turning your shoulders a bit once you apply your outside leg far back to wrap around your inside leg while having a bend to the inside track.
As a learner, I've found that going into haunches out and then adding those few elements to turn it into shoulder in, is a lot smoother for my horse.
So if going to the right, you have the haunches out with slight bend towards the outside track (as though you were about to leg yield.)
Again I've just learned this so it may not be right, but how I do it is I ask the horse to tip his nose gently towards the inside track to provide a bend, bring my ribcage over to the inside as I turn my shoulders slightly to follow the track. Outside leg is on by the girth and inside leg is back asking for haunches out. I don't shove his haunches away but I ask him to move away from both of my legs, to bend around the opposite leg, per say.
Since I'm still learning too, does anyone have any tips on making this a smoother movement?