The highest point of the horse’s neck is the Poll.
All paces must be ridden forward off a leg aid that is answered by the horse the moment it is applied. This forward energy is then balanced by the horse when he finds the rider’s waiting hand. The outside hand must be available for the horse to find support to maintain an upright balance over all 4 legs.
The “feel” through the rider’s seat, in combination with the leg aid and a quiet waiting hand must then establish the rhythm, contact and suppleness we require.
Very well done to Sam Ainsworth excelling now in her dressage at Elementary and jumping a successful round in the Discovery at Felbridge.