I posted a thread about a week ago hoping to get some thoughts on how Ollie and I are working together these days.
I'm feeling really postive in our work, each ride he tries so hard, he comes back from the last ride a little sharper and more consistent, I'm able to see the flaws in my piston, fix them and feel the difference and catch them again if Im going back to old habits.
I finally feel like we are making huge head way and can tell Oliver is thoroughly enjoying our rides as well.
We have been working on keeping him straight, getting him forwardly engaged from his hind end (not faster, bigger steps) and when he is both straight and engaged in the hind end he starts to stretch down and I encourage him by adding more leg, fallowing with my arms but keeping my contact in my outside rein. He's really taking to this and we are establishing a good working trot for our warm up. Counting out loud seems to really help me keep a steady rhythm.
The thing I have really been focusing on is keeping my Hands still, my arms relaxed (I have a bad habit from my last horse of teeming up and pulling down without even relizing it,) I feeling like I'm improving but like everything in riding, nothing can be fixed over night.
I would like to hear from you guys, what am I doing currectly, what am I doing wrong, what are some things that can help us?
We are doing keg yields (not the best or really fluid, a couple steps over at a time so far) trot pole work (keeping him straight and forward) transition work to keep him rocked back on his hind end and going my leg/seat aids the first time I ask.
So I will post some pictures iv gotten over the last few months and then the most recent.
Really crossing my fingers I get some helpful replies!!
If you need anymore information to help give me advice just ask and I'll tell you anything about him and I you need!
Currently, November 2012 sorry for the fuzzy quality!