She had me start out with a super deep neck stretch. I rode Speedy around with his nose dragging on the ground, but I could tell it felt really good. The point was to give his back and neck a good stretch before asking for any collection or lateral movements. Chemaine had me keep the tempo pretty slow at first so that Speedy wasn't running around completely on the forehand.
As he warmed up, she had me bring his poll up slowly. Before I knew it, Speedy's whole topline was much looser and he was able to take a longer stride. From there we worked on lengthening his stride and bringing it back, but we did it in short bursts. Chemaine had me think of stetching him down, feeling him soften, and then sending him forward for a few strides.
To bring him back, she had me half halt with both reins as I thought about lifting his withers with my seat. When I had him up again, I built energy by bringing my elbows back while still pushing him forward with my seat and legs. When he was ready to go, I gave a little with my arms and sent him forward.
To make the turn, she encouraged me to open the outside rein and bring it back slightly to get him to sit on that hind leg. For now, our circle is bigger than it should be, but for the next few weeks she encouraged me to work on this exercise, focusing on a turn and not a pivot.
Speedy's not much of a forward thinking horse, so it can take a bunch of go-go-go-go to get his little motor revved up. Chemaine's techniqure for encouraging the go was to really think about launching forward in the canter with a longer stride and then slow him down and kind of bunch him up until he got soft. Once he felt soft, I sent him forward into a bigger stride. Like in the trot work, we did it in short bursts: canter GO GO GO, collect and soften ... and then again, GO GO GO. So for Speedy, the half halt means we're getting ready to boogie.