Hey guys! I haven't ridden in about 2 years but have a free lease on my friend's horse now and have been so happy to be back in the saddle! I'd like some pointers to get me started again, as well as exercises to get me and him back into shape. I'd also like to hear some good warm-ups to get him bending and stretching. He's getting better every ride. :) I'm really proud of my equitation for so long out of the saddle, and Blitz is a great ride. Very willing and happy to please. He's really resistant to bending tracking to the left, and i'd like some tips to get him loose and bendy.
I remember a lot, and have been riding and taking lessons since I was 6 years old, so I know a lot, but you can never know enough! My only goals for us right now is to hack comfortable, and correctly. I love dressage, and might head in that direction with him, but for now I just want to get him stretching into the contact, and lifting his back, and well as carrying a proper bend and all that.
Anyway, have at it! Please provide explanations on the exercises. :) What I would be looking for as a response from him, and well as where my body should be to accomplish these things.
Warming up with a nice forward march.
And into the rising trot.
I like my position here for sure. :)
Sitting trot. Can't quite sit his forward trot yet. My abs were killing me!
And posting again.
We had a beautiful canter, which is his best gait, and I could feel him lifting his back and rounding up, but no photos. Next time!