I've been feeling more secure in the saddle, so I dropped my stirrups 2 half holes (so an inch) and I could feel that I was sitting deeper in the saddle....
|Didn't know you could get bling on your leathers too....|
So did Tess, apparently. She is super great about responding to seat weight = stop, so my deeper seat meant "We just stand here Ok thx". But then, the next time I brought her out, we were coasting with no brakes, cause I had taught her that seat weight does not = Stop.
So, we spent a whole session playing red light, green light with this new balance, first I explained it to her with words ("whoa" and "walk on") and eventually just with aids - by the end she was a champ. (we'll see how well it sticks ;)
Amazing what a difference an inch of stirrup leather can make!!!