Today's lesson went so well! My flatwork goal for the lesson was to work on bending, and my jumping goal was to keep my heels down. I achieved both!
Trotting to the right, I couldn't get Dakota to bend. He decided it would be much more fun to run around with his nose out the whole time!
So then we walked, and I decided to try bending again just at the walk. He responded really well, and seemed to really understand what I wanted! So then when we trotted left, I could get him to bend without too much trouble! I rewarded him every time he bended with a huge pat.
Perfect bend! --
Then we trotted with no stirrups. We were fine at the sitting trot, but then we had to post, and I was so tired from all the bending that my legs were like noodles!
After that, we cantered. We started out with no stirrups and I thought I was going to fall off because he kept trotting really fast instead of cantering. -_- That's why my spurs are kinda digging into him. But I finally got him to go. XD
Then we were allowed to pick our stirrups up while we were cantering so that was good.