Friday, June 12, 2009

Shoulder In Again

Delphi and I are trying to master the shoulder in, a seemingly simple yet for us hard to attain maneuver. In keeping the horse in the outside rein, the outside rein must not move forward, yet should remain elastic and giving to allow the correct amount of inside bend from the inside rein. Once the angle and bend are established, you can easily give the inside rein in uberstreichen. Yet when initially establishing the bend, the outside rein must allow enough freedom to bend around the inside. I should not allow Delphi to leave the track or circle in an attempt to evade the shoulder in; rather, I should keep her on the track or even halt and start again. To keep a lively tempo, spring with your seat and step down into the inside stirrup. Remember to always look up at a target point where you're going.