>> April 16, 2017 – 1-2, 2017 season, biomechanics, dressage, dressage tests, Hoosier Horse Park, position
What happened at Heartland goes back to my lesson on Thursday.
|Photos from schooling ride on Friday.|
(My trainer also constantly nailed me for my hands being too far back/reins being too long the entire lesson, which helped a lot.)
The first two, gripping with the thighs and the inside rein, affected the canter. He softened, relaxed and stopped running through my hands when I fixed those.
(It goes back to something Nancy K told me, which is that something about the way I sit naturally, particularly in my thighs, doesn't encourage him to think he can go "up", which makes our transitions flat and the quality of our gaits poor and quick. You can see it in most of our photos, especially at shows, I just look tense through my whole body.)
|August of 2015: TENSE.|
My core affected our upward transitions and the gaits that followed. If I 'sat on my pockets', moved the tension from my thighs to my glutes and abs, and thought "up" with my ribcage, his transition and the subsequent trot was awesome. Every. Time.
I schooled just long enough Friday night to cement those ideas from Thursday in my brain, and I have the photos to prove it stuck on Saturday. My default position usually includes hunched shoulders, a floppy core, long reins/elbows too far back, and lower leg nowhere near it's supposed to be. Even if I was aware of those issues in lessons, I was never present enough in the show ring to fix them, so when Connor needed me most I was not physically helping him out:
August of 2015:
And in the test on Saturday:
I finally feel, and can see in the pictures, that I am actually sitting on this horse and not death grip perching on top of him. PROGRESS!