Since my lesson last month, I've been focusing on how best to communicate with Izzy: what does he need from me to feel confident and successful. A few things have made themselves clear. I cannot ask for too much too quickly which means that most days he needs a longer warm up than any other horse I've owned.
As he stepped away from the seat bone, I sat more deeply on the other one. It was a more subtle exercise than I've been doing, and he responded well. Shifting my weight from one seat bone to the other led to the next warm up exercise.
I like to flex him left and then flex him right, but he braces when he's tense and tight. Chemaine encouraged me to get a stretch down before I change the bend. in other words, flex to the outside, ask for a stretch down, flex to the inside, ask for a for a stretch down, flex to the outside. The stretch down becomes a reward for flexing.
To be continued ...