I was so proud of him with this ride. When I led him up to the dressage pasture, he was really spooky and tense on the ground. I thought I was going to be in for a ride, but he was really good. Although, at the very end once I got off him this happened.
I am really not sure what that was about, but it isn't typical behavior for him. I was happy that he held it together when I was on him.
My Initial Thoughts:
I rode him in a new bit (french link egg butt instead of french link loose ring). I think I liked him in it a bit better. I felt like he was more consistent. It wasn't a huge difference, so maybe it was all in my head, but I am going to keep him in it.
I tried to work on taking his neck away again and not letting him get in the spazzy canter. There were places that I could feel him push from his hind end rather than pull from his front. He wasn't lifting his back, but I don't think I will really get him to do that until I get the saddle issues straightened out.
I am still being timid with the bigger trot, but I am getting more comfortable with it. I really need to remember to focus on my tempo. I get so many things running through my brain that I forget that one. Which remembering the tempo will probably help fix the other million things that are running through my brain.
I also need to remember to look up. I am fixating on his next and staring down, which automatically puts me in an incorrect position.
Nice trot from the end
4:06 You got the right answer (eventually), but that correction needed to happen more quickly.
4:58 This is the same thing. It just needs to happen faster.
6:06 Great work.
6:34 Keep your weight more to the inside. He is throwing you right especially as you are trying to open the right side.
7:57 Your leg is out by his shoulder.
9:30 Make the circles in the corners a bit smaller.
14:36 I saw the canter happening a mile away. You needed to readjust his balance to the outside.
14:55 Nice moment here.
15:55 I would have moved off that circle by now.
18:16 Nice moment again
19:34 This is the best spiral you have done.
19:53 Nice change of direction.
19:58 Nice three loop!
22:46 Good transition
All of the trot work at the end was your best ever. Nice work! You made good choices and followed him and he responded. There seems to be a happier horse because this is one of your better rides. You also had better control of your posting, mapping out a plan, and executing it. You should be really proud of this ride.
Three Loop Serpentine
My Final Thoughts:
I was and still am really pleased with this ride. I feel like it really demonstrates how far he has come, because the horse I rode was calmer than the horse I had on the ground. This is pretty much unheard of for him. I feel like he has really done a lot of growing since I started doing these lessons. I am so proud of my little man!