I rode River both days this weekend because Hub was away at a rodeo all weekend and I had to feed for him. I had another AH-HA moment when practicing more Tai Chi! I didn't really understand what he was saying in the video but it totally made sence when I tried it in the saddle. He said to point your belly button to the outside of the circle as you turn your sternum to the degree of turn in the circle. He said that when you point your belly button to the outside, it will counteract the balance of the circle. In the saddle, I realized that when you do this, you can feel your inside seat bone pressing into the saddle and it automatically weights that leg (which is what your are supposed to do on a circle!). I really felt like I didn't have to use my inside rein as much to guide River and he was SOOOO much more balanced. Wow! It continues to amaze me how minor adjustments to my core can effect the way my horses go so greatly!
We had some "come to Jesus" moments with the dressage whip. After two days of Megan Boot Camp, he was moving forward into the bridle, more balanced through turns and learned to sidepass over a pole and not lean on my hands as much! I even pulled his mane! Mini Spring makeover for River!