June 8, 2018

Four Things

I can sum up my rides right now with four things:

1. Hands forward
2. Breastbone forward
3. Slow the forelegs down, bring the hind legs toward the forelegs
4. Transitions

It's working.

We had an amazing ride in the outdoor last night - got some of our highest elevation scores ever at both the trot and canter.  It's really, really hard for me to slow the front down while I'm still breaking the pulling habit.  I'm doing a lot of self-checking by releasing often.

I'm even starting to feel it at the canter, and the net result is that his neck is much more in front of me, he's not diving down on my hands, and he's doing a whole lot less "dolphining".

After feeling stuck for a long long time, it's good to feel some changes.


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    1. Absolutely! Feels like millimeter by millimeter sometimes though.

  2. I feel your pain!! A big tip that helps me is to think of half halting during the "UP" moment in the canter, instead of the down. -- Another owner of a horse who likes to dolphin in the canter.

    1. Interesting! I will give that a shot. Thanks!

  3. I rode and showed Welsh cobs as a kid. As an adult, I am still dying to get another one eventually. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!

    1. That's so cool! When you're ready, I know a guy. :) And even if you're not ready, if you can get yourself to Indiana after April each year, you're absolutely welcome to visit Connor's breeder and play with babies. She loves visitors!