I'm working on improving my seat and position. It's a never ending battle and I'm not exactly winning at this point. Also working on being forward and rhythmic. I'm a beginner so I'm still hammering out the basics.
Right now I am riding about 4-5 days a week, working on strengthening my Boy's back end, and getting him to lift his back up into my seat. Lots of trot sets, backing up and getting him to track forward, moving under himself and getting him to strengthen up.
Dressage is just constantly refining the "go" and "stop" aids, and collection is when the horse is balanced between the two almost exactly. Right now I'm working with Rowan on keeping him infront of my leg, without running away. To do this I'm using a lot of Dr. Caeser Parra's stuff about neck control and riding up to the contact and using only a balancing rein, working the half halt with my body.
Some of the exercises I'm using to help refine the aids are half steps, walk halt transitions, flexion and stretching in the halt, walk trot transitions, transition within the trot to get the extended feel in the collection and the collected feel in the extension, and walk canter or trot canter transitions to help me keep half halting during transitions, and help him not to use his neck.
Intermittently we also school the movements in the PSG and I1 to help me get a feel for putting the tests together, and to test the aids and connection. Posted via Mobile Device
I'm working on keeping Freddy sound, and getting a cooperative trainer. Other than than we have been working on moving hip, lateral, responding to leg in general, an keeping a decent headset. We've also been working on not taking off full speed when I ask for a lope and going forward off leg. He is not very responsive go my leg and I almost always need a dressage whip. Posted via Mobile Device