I got MANY gems from this article including "library quiet position" and some great definitions of the different types of aids, but the first exercise in the article is especially fab. Basically in it, you speak out loud everything you are doing throughout the ride. If you are doing nothing but passively following with your seat you say nothing, but if you are giving any active aid you must use a one word directive about what outcome you want. First you will start out verbally meandering on things like "We are working on thoroughness, so I am flexing..." but the point of the exercise is to use one word directives strung together that can be executed correctly in one to two strides or beats. More like "Go, flex, stop, more, and etc...." The expectation is that by having clear directives with a goal of an immediate response, you clean up the clarity of your aids, fine-tune the response of the horse, weed out aids that aren't working or need changes, and improve your ability to ride in the moment and from movement to movement with much less mental "chatter".
Let me tell you, this is MUCH MUCH harder than it sounds. I think it will take me a week or two to have the mental discipline to really do this throughout the whole ride. It is SO hard to stay focussed right in each moment and not wander mentally. It really fits in though, with my last post about having a prompt "whoa" and "go" and expecting Jet to carry himself and be ready to promptly execute whatever I ask for in one or two steps. So far, I have a much crisper horse, carrying himself, doing great transitions, promptly executing my directions and weirdly he is more relaxed because he is more focussed on my aids. Facebook FTW!