Last weekend a super dressage coach came to town to run a dressage clinic, to be held over three days (she comes about 4 times a year).
I managed to get my OTTB Lady into the clinic for 3 lessons. I had only ridden her about 7 times before the clinic!
On the first day we spent about 30 minutes walking, just so Lady could learn to relax and just 'walk'. We discovered Lady is verrry sensitive, and will respond to a slight shift in pressure just from my inner thigh and bum. (Which I love!)
By the end of the 3rd lesson we were having moments in the walk and trot where she was relaxed through the back, taking the contact and sometimes she even had a nice swing in the trot! And all of this with a dog show going on about 30 metres away, with a loud speaker and everything.
I am SO proud of her. Not bad for an OTTB!