Dressage Horse Training: Feeling the Shoulder In

Hello Everyone,

I know what a shoulder in is but to feel it from the saddle is not something I’m 100% sure I can do yet.  Each day on my Florida 2015 trip I am accessing the top line muscles in Donzer’s body so I am getting more air time, impulsion and ground cover.  Taking in these new feels and balance requirements in my body and then sorting out if we are actually in shoulder in is going to take a bit of concentration and repetition.  Here is what I’m feeling today.  To avoid doing a neck-in I can visually confirm I’m keeping Donzer’s nose between his shoulders.  When we are approaching a true shoulder in if feels like Donzer’s inside shoulder pops up just a little.  The inside trapezius muscle (neck right in front of the saddle) goes from being fairly flat to popping up like a softball. And, the outside rein feels connected—no pulling or looping in the reins.  We have a nice cadence without the flat feel of running.

Good Riding,
Tara, Author, Out of the Saddle: 9 Steps to Improve Your Horseback Riding

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