|Proof good moments are in there, although it didn't feel like it while I was riding...|
The connection issue has been a bit of an overwhelming challenge. She is so light and reactive it feels like any wrong move on my part has her high and hollow or curled in behind the vertical, but mostly bouncing back and forth between the two every step of the way.
I feel like I have tried everything. The best piece of advice I have picked up is that it is not about the head.
Not. about. the. head. ugh.
Furthermore, correct the movement and the head will follow. ugh.
Back in the good old days as a kid showing ponies, it was all about the head and pulling it in. False collection was where it was at, and no one new it was false. Easy peasy.
No more my friend. Now it has to be straighten the shoulder. Encourage the back up. Stay soft yet tall - think uphill. The horse will round. The poll becomes the highest point and your horse will be using their body to the fullest.
Or...we pogo-stick around the arena hollow-backed and nose out. sigh.
|A well-deserved hack in the field is actually becoming a thing! (Not so scary for us anymore!)|
Connection is going to happen. It already has in so many other more important ways.