Straighter & Better
September 26, 2011 Leave a comment
Over the weekend, I worked hard on my balance going to the right. As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been feeling twisted and icky going this direction, and I failed to pick up the canter going this direction in Thursday’s lesson last week.
So over the weekend, I did lots of stand-stand-post-post and standing work. I paid attention to how my legs felt when standing, and how they laid against the horse. I made sure my shoulders were back, my hips open. And I stopped working so damn hard, focusing on balance instead. And it worked like a charm. The transition to the right was better on Saturday, and on Sunday, Derby stepped neatly into the right lead canter when I asked. I was also able to produce a decent trot going to the right – a far cry from the inverted, braced, counter-bent hot mess I produced a couple weeks ago.
I attribute these improvements to the continued focus Christy’s giving my seat and balance. I’m definitely sitting up straighter, especially to the right – my earlier tendency was to collapse. Today, as we warmed up, I was sitting on my seatbones, with my legs entirely off the horse. As we talked, Derby started to step out, and swing. I kept my core soft, my hips loose, and stayed on my seatbones, sitting up straight. I had really found the balance sweet spot at the walk.
Christy had me try to find it at the trot going right, and I think we came close – as we tweaked my position and my leg, Derby showed his approval by moving more easily. And as a bonus, I started to get a really strong, steady connection from him too. Things are headed in the right direction.