The new job has turned out to be 95% working from home, unless I go to a customer site, and I'm really trying to toe the line by not blogging at work so they continue to allow me to not commute the hour and a half to the office! So between that and the house taking up my free time after work...you see what's going on here.
But I have to get my last lesson down! My trainer figured out two enormous things.
Last week's lesson was about using my obliques more, which I am doing and has made a big difference - when my hands are also soft, he 'hears' my seat and core aids so well.
But all this week, our walk work has been great, but no matter how hard I try to maintain it through the upward transition to the trot, he got supremely stiff, and would not bend to the RIGHT, his good direction.
Trainer diagnosed the following:
- My weight was way over to the right (where he also was), when what I needed to do was move my body weight over the left (where he wasn't) to encourage him to go there. Not my hips, those stay level, more like my shoulders.
- When I use the inside rein when going right, I contract the right side of my body down, like a crunch. This puts tons of weight on the inside and collapses that side of my body.
When I corrected those two things, we got THE BEST trot work we ever have, I've never felt anything like that, it was so good she whipped out her phone to record it. She has never done that before. Sadly the video is private, but here's a screenshot:
That's my brief lunch break stream-of-consciousness. Two lessons this week, since my trainer will be gone for two weeks starting Saturday and I want to ingrain these new concepts as much as possible before I'm on my own. Gulp.