Things going sideways
I am too quick to back off when things start to go sideways in the trot. Granted I have solid reasons for backing off rather than pushing him through, but at some point I need to start pushing forward. Having a horse that is good at walking won't get me very far.
Lots and lots of time to get here
I haven't figured out how to push forward with the trot without losing the relaxation that I have been striving to maintain. For awhile I was having success when I kept him in a small trot, but now that has been creating a lot of resistance. I was having success when I was sliding him in and out of the trot, but that totally ruined the walk and caused lots of jigging.
Can we just photoshop me up there and call it good?
Honestly, part of the problem is I need to be better at riding the trot. One of his favorite things to do is pull with the front and let the hind trail. This makes it really hard for me to balance, I am using all of my core strength to maintain my balance and have nothing left to regulate the tempo. Two, I don't have the ride ability necessary to get the front to slow and let the hind end catch up. Three when he gets off balance, his solution is to go faster.
At least he is cute even if I don't know how to ride him
I go back and forth on how to fix these problems. Right now I feel like I need to suck it up and just do the trot work and put in the time. It will get ugly for awhile (the walk was ugly for awhile), but then it will get better. I also feel like I lack the confidence in my riding to really stick with that plan. So if you have any wise words blogger land, please chime in.