In this session, Ali starts by making sure Chantal's legs are rotated inwards from the hip joint to stop her toes sticking out. This will also help her to kick with the inside of her stirrups rather than lift her heels. Chantal thinks of 'snowploughing' to help keep her legs in the correct place.
In trot, Chantal needs to make a bigger rise to encourage Mia to take longer strides. On the right rein, Mia likes to put her nose to the left so Ali gets Chantal to 'flex right and step left' to straighten her using the right rein, the indirect rein in this direction. Ali explains that with a crooked horse that is falling in through their shoulder with their nose to the outside, the direct rein is broken and so the indirect rein needs to be used.
Chantal has been feeling that Mia has been stiff in her neck. Ali thinks this is due to Mia bracing with her liking to be 'stiffly-not-quite-straight' rather than 'softly-straight'. Mia needs to release her top line before she can engage her underneath. Ali gets Chantal to do wiggly lines asking Mia to bend and fall out through both shoulders, effectively 'jack-knifing' both ways. This encourages Mia to let go and be more supple. After this, Chantal gets some fantastic trot with Mia being more softly straight!
Ali has not seen Mia canter before. Ali gets Chantal to think about maintaining her position and just changing Mia's legs into canter. She also describes 'bouncing the ball'. Mia goes into a fantastic canter and Chantal wonders what has happened to her horse!