How to tell if the horse is working from behind (back to front)
This might be a completely stupid question but i was wondering how i can tell if my horse is working correctly from back to front. Is there some way, without having someone on the ground watching, that i can tell by feel if my horse is working correctly instead of just working in a false outline?
I feel stupid saying this but when i ride the only thing i can see is my horses head, and i know that just looking at his head and neck is slightly counter productive as a good head/neck set doesn't really indicate working from behind, but i don't have an indoor with mirrors so i can only see his head.
For instance today when i rode i was asking for more from Phoenix, more of anything really (he's so lazy and ploddy most of the time) and when he actually offered a bit more speed i asked him to slow down with a half halt and he slowed down and sort of nodded his head down and felt more bouncy. I was doing rising trot so i couldn't tell whether his back was coming up into my seat (i wish i was better at sitting trot so i could feel more). He stayed like this for a few strides and then went a little flat again, like someone had deflated him.
Also while i'm asking questions. How can i get my horse to be a bit more energetic? Normally i don't mind his laziness but sometimes it just takes way too much effort from me to get anything out of him.