My barn hosted a dressage clinic this weekend. I rode Thumper in the clinic on Saturday, and he was so fantastic. He has been improving in leaps and bounds recently, and I'm so so happy with that. He had his little temper tantrums, but they're so cute you can't help but laugh and push him through it! The clinician thought he has the potential to be shown to 4th level at least, which definitely put a grin on my face! I've just had so many people telling me that he's not good enough, or that I'm not capable of it, etc. that it was great to have a professional tell me he has talent. She was so sweet and told me to never let anyone tell me that I can't do it, or that he can't do it (unless it's a safety/health issue :P), which was something I truly needed right now. I've just been feeling disappointed in my riding recently, and it really inspired me to keep pushing. Please no critique on the photos, he's a work in progress ;).
Sitting trot. His trot work was one of the most dramatic differences! He's really starting to gain impulsion.
We worked on shoulders-in and haunches-in at the canter. Because he is so protective of his mouth, I was given tools to help him realize that he won't get hurt when he feels me specifically on him. He's just so worried that he'll be yanked on. His reward for being good is a nice lengthened canter in two-point. überstreichen.
As the clinician put it, it was a bit of an unconventional method, but did wonders for his trot work. He immediately softened through his back and gained impulsion.
One of his temper tantrums. He wasn't so sure about all this new work!
Trot work on a serpentine, I think (if I'm remembering correctly!).
Just thought I'd share, he was such a good boy!