Sharing my progress (after 8 or so lessons?)
I crawled myself back to my original barn I started riding 15 years ago, and I'm fairly certain that I will stay here. I like my trainer , not my absolute favorite out of all, but overall, I like this barn and her the best.
My legs are coming back, or I should say rebuilding the strength. I'm not flopping like a rag doll anymore, I'm pretty sure it can use more work, but it wasn't as horrible as before. I pretty much have my left leg under great control, my right is still quite a disaster, but I'm working on it.
I know people here say stay away from a barn that let you canter the first lesson, but I guess I've done it before, so they let me, and I looked balanced and not like I was about to get booted off? I actually cantered in a group lesson and that might be slightly dangerous because you really need to be able to slow down, make circle , cut across arena etc. I quickly remember how to do all that in one lesson.
So far, I've been working on keeping my right heel down, left is good,
Trainer said my body is still a bit stiff, working on making it relax, smooth, but strong. She said like a ballerina , soft and fluid, but they are strong.
Transition- I was riding on an excellent horse today, very responsive and I don't need to squeeze squeeze , whip , every 5 seconds, so I can concentrate on learning my aids. She wants my trot to canter transition to be more smooth, and don't want that crazy trot thing going on. So I practiced on trotting on a smaller circle on one side of the arena, and ask for a canter coming out of the circle by sitting a few beats and then sit up tall and deeper and slightly slide outside leg behind girth. I need to work on applying pressure on my inside leg at girth too (what is this for?)
She also had me canter on two points. I love this!! I'm not sure what this is for either
Trotting: up up down down. Seriously, the up up was kinda hard, but once I find the balance point, I love this exercise! I've only heard of people doing down down up or up up down, I've never seen down down up up before, anyone know what this is for?
One dumb dumb question I have is change direction thru the diagonal. I kept doing it wrong, she said the way I'm doing it, I'm ended up making the turn really sharp, which is true, but it's a rectangle so I can't figure out why this is???
If anyone know what I am talking about, can someone help me? She said to help me with that, picking the point to make the diagonal change, I should pick the second corner and ride directly across.
I also worked on my downward transition, I'm using a bit-less bridle today, so that's new. Really trying to slow down her trot, smoother transition from canter to trot and to stop with primarily my seat, not reins.
What do you all think? I think she's a pretty awesome trainer!!