Hey, you know that small little “shove” with the seatbones to get into canter?
Yes, the one that comes when riding and the canter doesn’t just naturally sort of “happen”, immediately on the aid. Yeah, that shove. Don’t do it!
It’s a pest to train it out. It was never a thing I did, but now I’m doing it!
To erase it, I’m trying to focus on sitting evenly on the seatbones, asking for the canter while thinking “Come UP into canter”, with a light feel. No grinding of seatbones either. (At least in theory.)
Riding Valiosa and training her in all her “greenishness” made me sort of doubt the transition. Expecting her to make a mistake, I’d want to “help her along”. With, um, a shove, even if sometimes ever so light.
Now, I DON’T want it, don’t need it, and it’s still often there.
With all the extra chances to get her out for a ride in a different arena, cross training, and on the trail – it’s time to buckle down and do some focused schooling at home. Ready to test out a show again…