What a fantastic ride yesterday! Lots of canter work, particular emphasis on walk-canter-walk. I really drilled having him carry himself, rather than always wanting me to hold him up. So a few strides of walk down the long side, then pick up canter and straight onto a 10m circle with no reins, and back to walk as soon as we hit the long side again, get the quality of the walk back, and up to canter, 10m circle etc.
10m canter circle figure of 8's with a simple change in the centre.
At the end of the ride (kept very short with lots of walk breaks), he was sitting beautifully over his haunches in canter, and staying balanced in both the upwards and downwards transitions. For the first time in canter, I felt that instead of having to hold him up, I could ride the hind end with my seat, and simply move the jaw and poll to the inside or the outside as I so desired.
Competing this coming weekend, have just entered two prelims as he's quite unfit. Hoping to get good enough scores to use as quallies for the Spring Dressage Champs coming up at the end of October. My goal is to be in the top 6 in the preliminary classes for Springs, then start competing elementary for 2013.