Tonight was another bonus lesson, since my trainer out of town next week. It started out well (sarcasm) when I asked for the left lead canter in warmup and Connor bucked and took off with me.
And when I say 'took off with' I mean Welsh Cob style, where he bolts off, but you never feel unsafe. Maybe the new boarder riding in the ring with me felt unsafe (sorry about that...) but I pulled him up pretty fast. Still, exciting.
Much of my lesson today was spent working on left bend at the walk and trot. I'll spare you the gory details, but this is what we found:
- My left leg never stays by the girth, so instead of it bending his ribcage out, it pushes his hindquarters out.
- My right leg is too good at staying by the girth, and to the left, it needs to be (what feels like but isn't actually) up by his flank in order to encourage his hindquarters not to go out.
- Stop making useless half halts.
- Stop pulling back on the reins for any reason whatsoever.
|New girth! (Since I didn't own a Dressage girth) Review coming soon.|
She is getting such good work out of him, and I'm trying so hard to internalize all of this, but it's still a little frustrating to still be...here. I want to be able to get that type of work out of him all the time, not just halfway through a lesson with her. Time to buckle down on myself.