10-14-2009, 05:44 AM
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It comes in bits and pieces, I think. You can feel leads, then you'll feel diagonals, and oh! A dropped shoulder, and if your horse is in balance.
And then that's when the really cool stuff starts happening, where you can influence the amount of impulsion a horse uses on his hind foot with just your seat. And I'm not talking about asking, waiting, and then getting it--You think about it, and the horse does it when you ask with the lift of your hip. And no grand prix dressage horse needed--mine is a little dinky APHA Hunter Under Saddle horse.
It takes a long time--mainly, it's not really a sense of feeling but a sense of refining the way that you ride and having total sense awareness. Once you're aware of where your body is at all times, you can realize when the horse makes a minute change, or when you just fall out of balance.