Update!!! But no pictures of video. Hope to get some this weekend!
So first thing I did when I got to the barn? Put the training fork away and loosened my stirrups a hole. But when I went to loosen them, I noticed that the stirrup leathers aren't even at all... one was on hole 9, one on hole 7. So now they're both on 6, and even, and it felt so good.... soooo good guys!
I kept them at the posting trot, sitting trot (TONS better today!) and cantered with them long and he was an absolute saint.
For the sitting trot, I tipped my pelvis a little forwards and what do you know, I DO have seatbones under all that fluff :P And I felt them go back and fourth one then two. I kept my upper body quieter and my lower half was rocking and rolling. So much better. I hope to get some video of that!
All while round and stretching, though he was being a lazy bum so I did have to get to the ask tell demand stage a lot. But once he was nice and warmed up, we did leg yields. I made sure my seat bones were even weight and put my inside leg behind the girth, outside leg on the girth.. I looked to the direction I was going and softly (on a longer rein but still round) asked him to leg yield. At first he tried to move his shoulders. I corrected him and we went straight. Tried again.
HE DID THREE PERFECT STEPS TO THE RAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wooo! So we picked up the trot as a nice break, I practiced stretching my legs down, without bracing on the stirrups.. it was awesome. I didn't lose my stirrups, they didn't shove back.
Today was hard, but perfect.
Going again tomorrow, Sunday, and then lesson on Wednesday! :)
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"