Okay now that I have had some more caffiene in me and a hot shower I can sit down better and share what we worked on tonight.
He settled right into work, something I really wasn't expecting but was very happy and willing to take
Told Beth we where working on training level, fine tuning it and cleaning it up. I explained his background from before I got him towhat we are currently working on. Straightness, forward from behind every single stride!! Working on my body relaxing more and keeping him really on my outside rein more then before as we are really wasking him to push through with his hind end and not fall on the forehand.
So she had me really really.....I mean really push him...beyond both our comfort zone but hey that's why we are doing this, to get through being behind the leg and on his chest.
So I pushed him, really kept him on my outside rein and giving releases with my inside when he was coming through. Its really funny cause my trainer always says "just don't do anything with your body when he's going, you mess it all up when you do things with your body!!!"
this is very true andi have been really working on staying very soft, simple and quick when I need to fix him and then do nothing again but my body fights this so much!
Well tonight, with pushing him so forward, not fast or tense but just really going off my inside leg to outside rein, sit up and open my chest up while relaxing my arms and bringing him up through my calfs and hips. Such an amazing feeling. I know was able to get him so straight and pushing from behind because A. New place. B. Bigger arena to work in... That really helped so I need to keep in mind big circles, and really forward like today!
Beth kept asking "do you feel that Sam?!How does that trot feel!"
Every time I asked for more and stuck to my guns he gave me more and for longer periods of time! I was so amazed with the feeling! I know now what our working trot needs to ALWAYS be at!
For the canter...
Same thing, was very very hot....it was funny but we just again stuck to our guns and let him get some steam off while just continuing to ask for engagement from behind and lift the front....it was was he would get it for three strides at first then wasn't sure so speed up then I'd re balance him, talk to him and we had it for a couple more then the last then suddenly it was like he changed gears like a car...he dropped his hind end, was soft and his shoulders where so independent and up! His top line was stretched out reaching for my steady outside contact and was able to just ride it! With my inside hip and inside leg! Had to really work on keeping my shoulders even and chest really operand core strong. Guess what...my arms where soft and fallowing!! We spiraled in and to balance him more and really forced me to sit very correctly, keep my knees relaxed and legs stretched down to support him through the rib cage!! We got solid three-four large 30meter cirlcles like this. Almost like he was going to break but really keeping the push and drive from behind while staying relaxed....that's our canter! I couldn't believe it!
So on the down side I did not get any video or photos of our ride. Really bummed. But feel like we came out of the ride with so much more then I expected!
In the trot we worked at large for a bit, he wanted to avaid the inside leg to my outside rein but pushed him through it, really talked him through it. Really used my inside hip to outside hip and support from my lower leg while opening my chest up as much as I could.
I couldn't be happier, I'm so proud of him on his first big outing!
My baby boy is growinging up before my eyes. Just a few months ago he didn't have a understanding for what contact with the bit and support from the lower leg meant at all.
We did a change of bend at the trot, right to left and I kept his shoulders striagjnt, opened my hips, pushed him from behind and it was so smooth...I did notnhing with my hands but subtle easy soft change of outside rein and inside leg. That felt really good!
I think I'll ask for us to spend some time on that again tomorrow. We will be riding transitions and leg yields....things I really want to be looked at, worked on and progress if we can.
I'm so happy, on a lesson high!
Sounds like we will be arranging another two day stay with her in April! Really motivates me all the more to take as much as I can from this visit, then really really work on it. So when we go back we can move on and work on other things!
Off to bed! So tired.
can't imagine how Oliver feels! Poor baby, hope he sleeps well! Lol