Thought I’d show something that finally clicked in training on my own!
Simple concept: Hands Forward – Horse To Bit, Not Bit To Horse.
Know how your trainer will tell you to bring the horse forward to the bit, not the horse back toward the hand? With hands and seat striving forward? (If it’s a good trainer.)
How exhausting it must be to instruct and have to say that over and over in lessons, never really knowing if the message went through… (Alexis I’ve been trying!)
On my own this can go to the wayside (maybe for you too.) but the basic idea is there. Finally catching it in pictures! This one goes out to any poor soul who’s ever wondered if their student will get it!
Valiosa making her trademark move, scrunching up and back, a pushback, in every way. Yes, ugly. No, don’t budge or fiddle the fingers.
Hands stay in their “little area”, seat is in but following, not pushing down. (Bonus points if looking up. No bonus for me, ever.)
And then she comes to the hand! Finally!
OK so then there could be some more calf and more give in the hand and she would have stayed looser.
But here she is two strides later! Love! It works!