Spighi did his first elementary today - 7's and 8's the whole way through, 9 for paces collective and 8's for impulsion, submission and rider collectives.
To say I was stoked with him would be an understatement!!!! Posted via Mobile Device
My horse is currently out of work, so I just had a lesson on a friend's horse. I'm learning (for myself) how to ask a horse to get on the bit correctly using a firm outside rein and a softer inside rein. It's also really important for my posture. I have a tendency to straighten my arm, lose the bend in the elbow, hold my hands horizontally sometimes instead of vertically, and also lose proper hand placement. YAY FOR PROGRESS!
Exciting times ahead!!
I've got my first official elementary on Spighi coming up this weekend, and he is working beautifully this week.
I have just booked a lesson with one of Australian's top riders, who has ridden in the Olympics, WEG's and is based in Germany (was not on Aussie team last year - shameful). That is coming up at the end of January and I am already excited :)
What a wonderful, wonderful WONDERFUL little horse I have!
Did two fantastic tests today, first time I've ridden a test on him without 'faking' his lightness. He has always gotten quite tight in test situations, shortening his neck and hollowing behind the saddle, thus leaning heavily on my hands.
Today he held himself up the whole time, stayed forward, round over his whole topline and remained poll high through both tests with no problems. Neck stayed long from the wither for the first time in a test.
As a result I didn't have as much collection as I needed in an elementary, but he still scored 61.7% for 4th of 12, beating a number of well established elementary/medium horses. I was so thrilled that he was so rideable today, his frame has changed completely from the last time we competed a few months ago.
What a BRILLIANT clinic with Hayley Beresford I just attended!
I went home with multiple things to work on, my horse finished the lesson in the most superb cadenced trot work and was so beautifully light through his shoulders. She has 'given permission' for me to now start him in a double, and really push him towards medium/advanced now. She'll be back in August for three days so I've got a lot to work on between now and then. Hayley also advised that those who attended the clinic were welcome to send her through video until she is back later in the year, and she will give more advice and things to work on in the meantime.
My local coach also rode with her thankfully, so we're looking forward to 'playing' together in the arena to work on the concepts that Hayley introduced.