So far, I've shared two pretty important ideas:
- A half halt needs as much leg as you use hand. I was able to get a good feel for this while I tried to get a piaffe from Belle, Chemaine's upper level horse.
- In order to get a canter from Izzy, or simply keep control, I need to reel in his fishtailing haunches. To do this, Chemaine had me open the outside rein, pull it back towards my hip, and send his haunches in with my outside leg. This put him in a counter bend, but it put his shoulders more in line with his butt.
This next video clip shows me figuring out how to get a right lead canter and how to soften my legs so that I don't keep them clamped on. I thought he needed more leg to quit stalling out, but Chemaine pointed out that clamping my legs on is actually slowing him down. D'oh!