Well, Zee has been back under tack for about two - three weeks at the walk. Our vet was out on Thursday and said we can start trotting for one minute per ride starting next week!! YAY!
So, since we've had so much time at the walk, I've really been trying to focus on my position. Even weight in my seat bones, lessening my tendancy to collapse around turns, keeping my thighs against the saddle and toe turned in, proper back alignment, engaging my core, and quieting my hands. It's a lot to keep straight when you have so much time to think about all of it!
Here's yesterday's ride. First 5 or 6 minutes is video at the walk, followed by still shots. I know I look a little stiff while I'm concentrating on so much. But, Zee feels as though he's moving a LOT better when I get it all "right".
Since he is coming back from injury so slowly, we'll be doing a lot of basic, beginner, lower level dressage when we can start working again. I'm actually taking a walk lesson next week to work on my position and getting him lighter off the leg, marching forward and moving into the bit (his biggest challenges).