Wonderful, if only I were a finely tuned dressage rider who knew exactly how to ride all the movements without trying. For some reason I can ride shoulder in, from the in hand work, but nothing else I try in the way of lateral work seems to transfer over. I know that I am trying too hard and doing too much. Bella is only little, so she needs me to be responsable for my own balance and to be right, even more than a big horse would. I just feel too clumsy and too stiff when I start to 'try'.
Bella is being very long suffering and doing her best to oblige, but half pass (which she does beautifully in hand and at liberty) renvers and travers seem, at the moment, so remote I doubt that I will ever get there (leg yeild isn't great either), and the fault is, as always, all mine!
I need to get to grips with the James Shaw stuff. I have had the book for ages and barely done more than glance through it. I can't keep just getting on her, knowing the theory and hoping I will somehow work out how to ride it in practise. It isn't fair on Bella. I MUST SHAPE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!