I told Laurie about my issues with the mounting block and also the saddle sliding over if mounted from the ground. Laurie watched me move her towards the mounting block. Then she decided that she would mount from the ground a few times and while on Dani she did some bending of her neck. Then she dismounted and began showing me to move her hind quarters and shoulder over to the block. It was tiny step by tiny step then lots of standing and petting on her shoulder and butt while standing on the block. Dani was calm so I mounted from the block, I still grab the saddle too much, need to learn to grab her neck with mane near the whithers, perhaps putting my arm over the other side of the saddle too. I have to note that I need longer stirrup leathers, there is no excess to put in the keeper and it all just seems messy. It'd rather have more excess than not enough. So I have some ordered, plus a grab strap for mental security!
Anyways, I have to say I was feeling very shaky in the saddle at first. We did some circle work and practiced one rein halts. For one rein halts you sit deep in the saddle, sort of tucking the butt under and pull with the inside rein. Dani was quite responsive. It can be a very soothing thing especially if there is a panic situation, the more I practice it the more natural it will become and will be there when I really need it! Dani is pretty good off the seat.
Next we did some yielding of the hind quarters, it's hard to feel the difference when her legs cross over and not just move over but Laurie helped me and I think I eventually felt it. You press and release with right leg and ask the head to come over, then do the same on left side. As soon as she does what I ask I release all pressure. It will take time for both of us but helps with softness and is the first step towards teaching leg yielding. I have to make sure to sit back during this exercise, I kept leaning forward which gives confusing signals to my girl.