To get Izzy focusing, we went right to work on spiraling down to the other end of the arena and then spiraling back. Once we'd done that a time or two, we worked on the leg yield from center line to the long side.
It took Chemaine 17 seconds to get him to do a haunches in at the trot ...
A few months ago, I could not reliably get the canter lead of my choice. I am not balanced enough or correct enough with my aids to teach a green horse which lead I want. To help me get it, Chemaine had me help Izzy pick up the correct canter lead by asking him to counter bend so that his inside shoulder could fall into the circle. This made it crystal clear which lead I wanted him to take.
That worked well enough so that I can now get a canter departure, but it is unbalanced and takes a lot of work to get him up off that shoulder and onto the outside rein. Enter the haunches in.
To help him take a balanced first canter stride, Chemaine helped me get him on the outside rein by doing a shoulder in first. Then, maintaining that same bend, I opened my outside rein to draw his shoulders to the outside (instead of falling in), and then I pulled back to to get him on his hind end as I used my outside leg to push his haunches in.
If it sounds confusing, it is, and it was really hard for me to coordinate. That's when Chemaine got on. Once she showed him what all of the aids meant together, she cantered him for a while on the left lead to show him that he could do it.
I got back on and we schooled the haunches in a bit. Once Chemaine felt that I had it, we used it to get the left lead canter. The thing to focus on in the video is Chemaine's coaching, which is constant. It's humbling to share video of myself struggling, but if it helps someone else, the embarrassment is worth it. You'll see that Izzy is not easy to ride.