In training with Kat, we're asking for a very different sort of suppleness than I've wanted before. She is often asked for states of extreme bend (sometimes just to see if she'll offer it!), and shifting transitions are used to ferret out resistance.
JM firmly sees all these elements as a cycle & that they play firmly into one another. I'm currently ignoring rhythm for a focus on relaxed connection. (And when I get it, my rhythm is there.)
Kat is being asked to take the outside rein in a supple way through bending of the neck without deviating from the path of travel. I'm using my legs to hold her shoulders up while we ask for bend and softness. And resistance we are a-ferretin. I can't wait to get an updated video of her.
I really have been riding other horses - just so much has been happening with Kat that it's taken my focus.
Also summer camp started today. I think if you were to define the opposite of suppleness, summer camp would be the answer. Totally the opposite of a lithe, sleek, athletic sensation... Instead it's herding cats in and out of the sun without discernable purpose.