This lesson was all about maintaining contact with the longest rein possible. JL had me choose a long rein length that still let me feel the corners of his mouth. I had a gigantic AHA! moment as we repeated the circle over and over again. I could finally feel when the contact wasn't even, especially on the inside rein. To even up the contact, she gave me several choices: widen my hands, raise my hands, or move my elbows back. For me, moving my elbows back is the most difficult thing to do because no matter how bent I think my elbows are, they're not!
Note to self: bend your elbows!
Instead of bending my elbows, I try to compensate by bending my wrists. Check out my hands on the video and you'll see what I mean. Watching the video of the lesson gave me a good look at my body position, most especially my arms. I can see that when I am sitting up with my shoulders back it is easier and more natural to bend my elbows. When I hunch forward and close my chest, I can't bring my elbows back.
Note to self: sit up!
I know some people enjoy watching their own rides. I don't. Cha Ching's Mom [thank you, thank you, thank you!] gave me at least thirty minutes of video to study. I made it through one viewing, and that will be all I can watch. All I see when I watch are the many, many mistakes I am making. I literally cringe! Watch it for the entertainment value, or if you're a beginner like me, maybe you'll get something useful from it. Enjoy?