SESSION 18 – SHOULDER-IN
Claire and Savannah battle the weather and learn shoulder-in on the ground and in ridden work.
In groundwork, Ali teaches Claire the rein aids for shoulder-in and how important it is to control the hind quarters. Claire needs to make sure she is in the correct position and giving clear aids to Savannah.
In ridden work, Claire practices downwards transitions from trot to walk. Claire needs to think about filling into her back and almost tucking her bum under to achieve a good transition.
In ridden shoulder-in, Claire has to remember to 'twizzle' her body. On the right rein, Savannah would prefer to do quarters-out rather than shoulder-in and needs more 'go'. On the left rein, Savannah needs to flex more and Claire has to focus on not letting her go too far off the track with her front legs.
Despite the weather, by the end of the session Savannah is showing some very nice shoulder-in.
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