French-link eggbutt snaffle: check. And a much bigger hit with Sam than the single joint snaffe. He still gnawed on it, but without as much passion and while still listening to me. What I learned; it has very little whoa. Our whoa this morning was more like a wwwhhhhOOOOAAAAAA Dammit!
It didn't help that it was cooler out this morning and he hasn't been worked since last Thursday. Plus, the BO is giving him grain. Tomorrow, I will talk to her and ask her to stop with the grain. 1 cup every once in a while as a treat is okay, but twice a day feedings is making him uber hot. He is an easy keeper and doesn't need the grain on top of his long stem, grazing, and the timothy pellets. Plus I give him EPlus.
I think once I get him off the "kit kats" he should respond even better.
I am pretty sure I posted at least 1 and 1/2 rotations around the dressage ring today. At least, it felt smooth. I may not have looked graceful, but I do believe it was posting. I wasn't doing that funky two-smack on the down beat and I had very good balance; not once did I need to touch his neck for balance. He also had a really good pace and didn't fall into the corners.
That was the longest I held it, and I think I lost it because I started to get fatigued.
I'm going to go back through this thread and my other thread and read the advice about body position and weighting again.
We only rode for about 30 minutes. I could tell I was tired and giving him poor cues. Sam barely broke a sweat under his blanket and none at all on his neck r sternum. Which also tells me that he must be getting in better shape. Those first few lessons turned him into a drippy sweaty mess.
Besides Sam, there are 4 other boarders, but they don't seem to hang out at the barn except on their lesson days. Or, they go to the barn during the day when I am at work. Our paths only cross on the days when they are finishing up a lesson and I am arriving after work. It would be nice to work with another rider and her horse.
I am hoping to get moved into a group lesson once Sam and I can work equally with other riders. Right now we need to much one on one.