IT REALLY WORKS It really does.

I insert a disclaimer here, you know, don’t try this at home without the express direction of your trainer or instructor, etc, etc, blah blah blah.

It really works for me. Even on Rebel.

I know, I know, but I think I’m stuck with him on Tuesdays, it’s either him or Delilah, and I just can’t do arena work with her anymore. When we go out into the fields, I’ll take her, but otherwise, it’s just too frustrating and slow and bockity.

There’s a girl at the yard who can ride anything, seriously, anything, and she took Reb for a few minutes and encouraged him to get the fidgets out of his system. He was still a bit fizzy throughout, and there was no way I was going to jump him – we were out of doors – but we got on well, because… drumroll please…

Because of the belly button thing. I shifted my pelvis just that bit, and there he was, bending around my leg on the twenty metre circles. It was as easy as pie. And I remembered, too, to open up the inside rein, and he didn’t fall in, because the belly button thing helps me get my leg on extra strong. Even in the canter, I got the bend.

And the thing was, it was easier to keep my heart to the sky because I felt so excellent in myself, and one thing lead to another, and even if he was trying to pull my arms out of their sockets at several stages, I was riding with determination and confidence.

Hot diggity!