I worked on circles with Divine today. Circles sound easy but they aren't. Maintaining the perfect arc in the horse, and completing a circle that is not oval, a modified square or some type of egg shape can be challenging. We also did figure eights. Apparently as I was riding I felt like I was leaning right, into the turn but instead I was leaning left while using my left leg to push Divine into the circle and prevent her from dropping her shoulder. Pressing with your left leg and not leaning towards the left is a bit difficult. Same thing the other way just different sides. I felt like a pretzel as Laurie told me to lean onto my inside seat bone as I pressed with the other leg to keep my seat "straight". I couldn't understand why I felt I was leaning one way and yet she said I was leaning the other! My seat leaned left but my upper body was leaning right....oh the poor horsey was confused! But we got it all straightened out, literally and the lesson progressed. I felt accomplished afterwards.
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