I had a lesson today and brought my video camera.
I had several "aha" moments during the lesson. Finally, my instructor provided verbal cues that I understood at the precise moment I could interpret them. She has been telling me to press my hips through my elbow and I thought I was doing that.
Today, she not only told me to pull my elbows back but to thrust my pelvis over the pommel. I heard her and executed that and I managed to post 3 steps in proper form.
Everything she had been telling me made sense in a blinding flash. I have been having problems with leaning forward and standing in the stirrups and the whole crotch only over the pommel helped me get it.
We added the side pass lesson for the first time today. And she caught me trying to execute a pass to the left with all my weight on the right. So, my second AHA moment came from the recognition that I am mistakenly off-leaning. As soon as I corrected my own weight balance issue, Sam executed the side pass pretty well for his first full attempt.
The third aha came at home while watching the video. I look terrible! The video was before the aha posting moment, so I was able to clearly see what I currently look like. My shoulders were more forward then my hips. Wrists further apart then elbows. I was going straight up and down and not that whole twerking thing.
Also, my legs. This was probably the most revealing and shocking. In another thread we talked about western versus English legs on body. I was convinced today during the ride that my legs were glued to his side. But there on video, for the most part, from the knee down my legs are off the body and when my legs are on the body, my heels are well off the horse. Almost bent at the ankle out. My heels are down, no worries there but there was no consistent contact with my legs.
Since I felt I had contact, seeing the blatant lack of contact was very good.
I also was able to see my horse move and he is a wonderful mover. I have been complaining that he has a horrible choppy trot, but in looking at him move, he maintains a consistent pace, his hooves meet well together, his top line is steady.
So, last aha moment. Stop blaming the horse.