- I need to raise my expectations. He needs to start stretching over his top line immediately instead of me letting him dink around for 20 minutes.
- Don't worry about which gait he is in, but insist he stays over his back. No more inverted giraffe. When he does trot, keep it small.
- Use haunches in and shoulder in on a circle to keep him from locking up.
- I need to sit to the right going both directions. He likes to dump me to the left.
- Keep asking him to flip his crest to the right all the way up to the poll. Since his right hind is weaker, he carries tension in his poll.
- Keep feeling in my elbows. I give too much and lose the contact which causes him to bounce up. If I can keep my elbows heavy he is much more willing to stay over his back.
- When traveling to the right swap diagonals every five or six strides. This helps to lighten the load on his weaker hind and he stays softer.
- Lateral work is my best friend.
- My corrections need to be quicker. Make them more quickly and do not hang in them.
He is chewing on my hat...It basically sums up our relationship
A lot of our problems stem from my lack of timing (story of my life). As I mentioned on Monday, I tend to settle for "good enough" when the reality is it isn't good enough any more. I need to make sure I am still stepping up my game to match his progress. I also tend to hang in the aids too much. I get stuck in a grey area that doesn't do either of us any good. I need to make the correction and go back to neutral and then be quicker in making another correction.
I also want to give too much when he does soften. I am giving three inches instead of half an inch. When I give this much my elbow comes too far forward and I lose the heaviness in it and my hands no longer feel soft and following to him. And of course he pops off the contact.
The bottom line is I need to step up my riding game now that I have the tools to break up his tension.