You're absolutely right silverspear! Yes she does do shoulder in, leg yield and travers. I do like these exercises but I am hesitant to school them on my own, at least in my bad direction as I DO have a tendency of locking up, especially for lateral movements.
My lesson last night focused on loosening the back half of my body and not tensing. It was amazing - my coach would ask me to do something as simple as lengthening my spine without lifting my shoulders and instantly my horse is soft and roun with only feather weight iny hands! It was an amazing feeling!
She does have a tendency to be heavy, and I think we struggle to the right so much as I lock up in my hip and shoulders in that direction due to my scoliosis. It's difficult for me to tell sometimes if I'm riding correctly because wrong feels so natural to me but it appears my horse is quite happy to tell me when I'm incorrect and ineffective! We spent the better half of a 30 minute leasson on the bit and soft as butter without me even asking just with effective riding!
It's phenomonal to see how much you don't know when you're with a coach that has so much experience! I will definitely be more attentive to my own riding when asking her to be softer to the right!
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