Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Dressage clinic with Reeco went very very well today.
I explained he is primarily a show horse, that he has a difficult past, can be extremely difficult to ride/easily paniced, I also explained what our goals were (using dressage to improve his showing ride marks, doing well in the prelim test at CHAPS champs next year and maybe entering the novice class) and a bit of what I had been doing with him.
She asked to see him in walk, trot and canter. We worked for ages on leg yielding, getting his hind leg activated, getting his back rounded, straightening him (he can be quite crooked) and getting decent bend on the left rein.
I'm shattered I'm amazed I could drive the lorry back, I think i've lost half a stone in weight. Pony is so shattered that he almost fell up the ramp of the lorry but we achieved a lot!
Got a lot of compliments on how well I had done so far with him, got told off many many times about my position. Got told he had 3 lovely paces, a fantastic trot, a good canter and the walk has potential but shows up his schooling flaws big time.
WE are going back in 3 weeks time (next clinic she is doing) and the trainer said she would like to ride him then as she wants to see how much of his disasterous canter transitions is my crappy riding and how much is his fear of canter (although she put it a bit more diplomaticly!)
Will put full report up with pictures and video's later but now I'm going to take a nap if I can get my creaking body out of this chair.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT