Yes, I think that's what my instructor is advising. Her EXACT words are this, "Sit with even contact on both buttocks when moving in a straight line and with your tummy in,[core firmness] and shoulders relaxed and back, breathing UP & DOWN evenly through the upper body raising yourself up, head straight (or looking aroubd turns when needed-just not DOWN), slight pressure between your buttocks as if you have an egg there and you're holding it & don't want to crack OR drop it..." (probably the tucking under result which My Boy Puck was referring to?).
It's possible that there are just so many analogies and one has to simply pick the correct one for them...(?)
Re: riding with spurs/dressage whip, I actually don't think those aids would be necessary for Victory, as she is SO sensitive to slight pressure/position changes/and is very forward naturally...I was ALWAYS riding with both as a child/teen because the schoolmasters I rode for all of those years simply didn't choose to listen without some additional urging. They were in very well-trained and hard working, well behaved horses & they just wanted to know you MEANT IT before they would bother responding to anything...I've never HIT a horse with a crop, nor have I ever used spurs as "weapons"...I always felt that I got better results with those horses of my youth simply by SHOWING them the crop slightly, and with my "tap tap" to move forward, they could feel a snub spur more than my puny heels. Always gentle got the job done.
I found that my worst enemy as a kid, & what the horses took advantage of most was INDECISIVENESS. If I rode toward the jump like I MEANT to ACTUALLY JUMP IT (novel idea!) I'd have very few run outs/refusals. If I wasn't SURE, they consistently said, "No worries, we won't jump that THIS TIME!"
Ah. If only I knew then...I'm very consistent now, and do ride with confidence...it's still a matter of getting my body's quirks worked out.
I am able to do "walk/trot/walk" transitions, serpentines up and down the arena with tight, balanced turns; stop; back, move forward from backing right into a requested gait without hesitation from Victory...thus, we are making progress. It's these terms that really STUMP me!
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