>> One thing that has taught me how to plug in and evenly weight my
> is to raise both legs away from the horse and ride around like that as long
> as you can. Pete's rehab requires a lot of certain work at walk and I take
Ow, ow, ow. I remember doing that. And also some sort of torture
involving riding with one stirrup. Oh yeah, Abby recommends
that. I have done it and by golly if you are crooked it works a
> that opportunity to work on my position as much as possible. I have built
> up top going around almost the entire ring with both legs (and thighs) off
> the horse. I couldn't hold it for more than a few seconds when I first
> tried it. It, more than anything, makes it clear if the seatbones are
> correctly placed and weighted IME.
OK, now drop one stirrup. To make it harder, drop the inside
stirrup. Are you even? Are you straight? Is your horse still
on the outside rein or is he falling on his inside shoulder?
> I can do it a little at trot but I lose my balance because I have to post
> all the time for Pete. When Pete builds back to a point where I can sit
> some, I'm going to do the leg off thing as much as possible.
> And on a hopeful note, Pete has figured out how to trot over a raised
> cavelletti (set at the lowest position). He is pushing from his haunches,
> powering and lifting over it now. So now I can move myself from Orange Bus
> Undercarriage Alert to Yellow. : )
Raised cavelletti rule. For every horse. They teach them to lift from
their abs and back, they teach them to be careful where they
place their feet, they teach all sort of lessons.
When raised cavelletti are easy, ask your rehab trainer about
doing a little jumping with the Pancake. It is *very* good for
dressage horses and, IMO, a little light jumping improves
the canter. Gives it more jump and elevation. Plus it's fun.
:-) Fun is *very* important.
Sue, thinks jumping is a useful exercise for almost every horse