I wanted to post an update for future reference (search results, etc) so here it is: (and also, becuase I'm thrilled about it with no horsey friends to tell!)
Well I learned it, and I finally got a school horse working beautifully, pushing along from behind, nose tucked in, SOOO bendy, responsive and reaching down for the bit, and the poor boy was absolutely jiggered when we got finished! Such a good boy!!
(I did keep giving him breaks, letting him stretch down because I suspect he doesn't get worked like that often, and he got lots of pats and a pocket full of treats at the end of the lesson!)
While my school instructors were a big help (one imparticular). The key for me seemed to be
- The FABULOUS trainer who I've had a grand total of ONE lesson with on my share horse - probably the first person in my life to spend time teaching me HOW to ride, rather than suggest school movements to me and expect me to already know how to ask for them. (as every instructor I've ever had has done...and I've had alot!)
- Time spent watching better riders than I - not watching pros compete, but just watching good riders who are a few steps further along, just working their horses, (and most importantly, paying attention)
I'm very glad of the time I spent at the RS, and that the instructors allowed me the time to get my confidence and balance back, and time to just play about in the arena when I needed to - I'm not saying that was unimportant, but that there comes a time when you have to move on from that.
Does that count as learning to get an outline on a schoolie? - I'm not sure, but you can get a schoolie to work rounded and properly.
Next goal - get my lease horse to work like that!