On Sunday I rode back in the sandbox. I experimented with two-point at the trot. I felt a little stuck, and hoped that it would get my joints working again. It did.
From my ankles to my hips, I got bouncy again and so did PJ. But I don’t think it was only that my joints were working. I think the lightness of my seat also contributed. That got me thinking that maybe I’m too heavy in my seat.
At my lesson I experimented. I tried to keep in my mind the light seat I felt in two-point in addition to keeping my joints loose. And….I had a great lesson. PJ was very forward and I had no problem keeping him that way. It also helped that I tapped tapped tapped him with the whip at the walk until he was moving nicely. And that Barbara and I figured out that PJ needs to start off on a loose rein, so he feels he can stretch his neck and body without being restricted; then I can pick up the reins. It’s all coming together!