Among other things, Hilda dinged me repeatedly for leaning too far back, particularly in the canter. I had trouble recognizing when I was doing it, and then even more trouble figuring out how to quit doing it.
All of a sudden, the idea of belly dancing or hula hooping made complete sense. Riding from our core doesn't mean that our whole torso has to be locked. Our bellies and pelvic region can move independently from our shoulders!
I've been spending a lot of my riding time imaging that I am hula hooping or belly dancing. I have figured out how to let my belly move in the canter (and trot) independently from my shoulders. This has done all sorts of things. It's helping me keep Speedy's hind legs engaged while still being able to ask him for some collection. My seat says go, but my hands can ask for whoa all the while "lifting" his front end.
It's been a game changer for sure. I know Chemaine won't have time to help me work on it this weekend at Expo, but she is doing seat evaluations in her booth for a small fee (free if your tell her that you're a reader!). You can bet I'll be first in line!
See you all on Monday!