Originally Posted by DanteDressageNerd View Post
Losing of the shoulder also reflects he's not truly in your outside rein. Counter bend around a corner or even on the circles think of "squaring" your edges so counter bend 4 pts of the turn and leg yield out when you return to true flexion, you can also spiral equal 12m circles from A to C equally spaced and just focus on on maintaining your rhythm and keeping your circles shape. There are also turn on the forehand squares, etc
We do practice counter flexion (A LOT) in fact for about a month he dropped the shoulder so bad i just put his nose to the outside going right and we worked on square corners.
theres some stuff with one side raised pole work I want to to to encourage him to reach under better with the inside hind, but Im waiting on a bareback pad before we do anything exciting.
I got a video. And its the epitome of "lost outside shoulder". as in his body was here with me on the north american continent and his shoulder was taking a vacation in Indonesia.
Someone was in the arena right when I got there, so i nabbed the chance and got my video. No warmup. But its kinda good to see what we're like before we've done anything yet- like stretching or practicing stopping (gee that would have been nice!)
I present: the little ****, instead of working on a loose rein we worked on some loose language.
after the gal got the video, i watched it. I stretched my legs down and tried to give myself a little less of a chair seat. I dont usually ride with much of one, but Ive found if I bend my knees a bit more he rounds better at canter so I think its just become an overdone bad habit (i do have photographic evidence somewhere that I am capable of a halfway decent Eq bareback) Then we worked on moving our rib cage back and forth and softening the jaw (no tugging this time [i cringe every time I see me do that.] and yes counter flexion and squares and spiral in (because im pretty sure that outside shoulder wandered off on an expedition without us)
Not gonna lie. He was a **** for the video. spooked at all the things. he rubber stiff necks this "imma look at it cause i can" but he gets right back to work so I try not to hold it against him unless he uses it as an excuse. Which he occasionally likes to do. He got a lot better and lifted his back after more stretching and practicing good quiet halts from all three gaits.
Im ashamed that going to the right I did not set him up for canter well. Often I just made him go and didnt organize his body. I shoulda slowed down. done the transition from walk and made him step up into canter. we ran into it from trot. Eternal shame. Also. that side. oh my goodness where is his shoulder!!!!! its like popped so far out. Hes so freaking hard to straighten. After some work we got one good canter circle on the right of the shoulder upright and not a cocked way out. Any tips for pushing his hip out?
alright. have at it. Im pretty much convinced its crap anyway.