Originally Posted by UnrealJumper
Sarahver: I noticed that I was a little twisty with my body too. Cally leans into corners like crazy! After every jump all he feels like he wants to do is lean/turn. I'm not really sure what to do about that, suggestions? I feel like I'm working really hard to keep him out :s
I can understand the temptation to twist your torso in response to his leaning but in actual fact it is the last thing you want to do as it will unbalance the both of you.
You want to ask with the inside rein, steady with the outside rein and really use your inside leg to encourage him to bend around your leg without dropping the shoulder. Your outside leg will control the opposite shoulder from popping out.
To practice this and get him really responsive to these signals, I recommend lots of exercises on the flat - beginning with spirals. Start on a small circle and have him come in gradually, maintaining a nice bend and flexion all the way in. Then spiral out - same thing. Serpentines are also good for this because instead of the exercise being unidirectional, they require changes in direction and are more challenging to keep a nice bend through.
Lastly I would work *around* a jumps course (not jumping anything) and work those corners just as you did the previous exercises. This is a really good test to see if your flat work has been effective and will give you a good indication of his concentration and responsiveness to aids when obstacles are around.