There was only 2 of us tonight in the lesson, like getting a semi-private, very nice.
My regular coach was away and one of the other lesson coaches taught us tonight. We did circle in one corner and jogged the rest of the arena. When in the corner we were to keep our horse the same distance from the cones all the way around the circle. Cooper would try to move his outside shoulder and also cut corners. We were using the 1 o'clock position from the clock work, which I knew how to do on the ground and then transfer it to the riding. I have been having a problem under saddle doing the clock work with him.
I would use the supporting rein to keep his outside shoulder from running out and the inside rein to move him over as well as my leg. I learned to use my leg to get him to move his barrel. At first I had to use a lot of pressure, it was very hard!! Near the end of the lesson I found I didn't have press my leg as hard, Cooper started to round out with very little leg.
In the corners after only a few times he started to go deep into them with very little push from my leg also. I sure was sore when done!!
This all sounds confusing to me to read it, it was while I was doing it, but all started to come together at the end.
I was always looking for the wrong shoulder to move when doing the clock work, the coach saw me watching the wrong one and said to watch the other one, then I saw the movement!! I liked the way this coach taught.