I gave another lesson yesterday to Iz. She was a bit distracted, which I have come to realize is a normal state for a 14 year old. Tired, she says. Now I remember how tired I was all the time at 14. Growing up is exhausting.
We worked on haveing her follow the horse's mouth. She has training in hunters, so she is not used to having enough contact to be able to really follow the horse's mouth smoothly. I had her on a circle walking around me, Now, follow the horse's mouth, shorten your rein, I want to see your elbow moving a bit to follow, not your hands . Now, tickle with the inside rein and get a flex to the inside, when you see this, leg on and step him into the flex and feel him step into the outside rein and kind of "catch" him and go with him.
Way too much. But I don't know how to seperate it. Still , over and over and over and she started to get it! She even smiled. Then we took that and tried to work that into a canter depart. She couldn't keep the horse together through the canter depart, but she got him back together for three strides, and I saw that pretty picture of a horse softly bent to the inside, stepping up to the contact , flexed at the poll , rider following the mouth and elbows at her side and sitting up straight . . It was beautiful! I said "that's it! Thats' it! Can you feel it?" and she did, she smiled and recognized the feeling and that was the end of our lesson. Awesome lesson!
Also, if you could look at another thread shoulder position in hunt seat?
Have with a question on hunt seat