Issue du Jour: Rein Imbalance
January 10, 2011 5 Comments
Finally. I finally had a decent ride, and lasted for almost the full lesson. It’s about time. Best of all, looking at some video of the ride, I can see that the work on my postion has really paid off. My leg looks a lot better, and if feels a lot better. My leg is hanging more correctly from the hip, and draping around the horse. It’s not 100% perfect – I still curl heel up and my toes out when I apply leg. So, while I know I need to continue to work on lengthening and stretching my legs, I also know that I’m headed in the right direction.
Great. Now, on to the issue du jour – the imbalance in my rein pressure. I think that Christy cracked this nut tonight when she commented that mine isn’t just a left rein issue – I’m imbalanced in the right rein too. I hold the left rein and give the right – I let my right hand creep forward. This probably explains why Mads and I circle beautifully to the right – as I’m inclined naturally to hold the left rein and soften the right. Now, I need to achieve the same feel and balance in the other direction. We worked on softening the inside rein, while holding the outside. Christy chipped away at it, and by the end of the ride things were clicking.
Dressage isn’t about leaps forward. It’s an exercise in increments.