Okay so that last two rides (in two days) have been so great! Likea light bulb turned on in my body and with ollie!
Yesterday I decided to really work on leg yeilds after reading a thread on here iwth more persicce tatctics of getting the step over...THANK YOU ANNABEL!
Olliee canget really rushing and pop his shoulder...equaling to a wiglly no good leg yeild.
So I really asked him to stop and think and exagerted my ques but really kept my upper body straight almost rocked back to help keep the weight off his shoulders (not I was also inmy jump saddle!! LOL)
He really got it! He had so many steps to the right where he was calm and stepping over and not poping his shouler out or bracing through the contact and my leg was where it needed to be and I was able to relase and take off pressure right when it need to be and add back on. I was very happy!
Today I did spirialing trot work on the 20 meter and he really was in tune, I was in thebigger Bates saddle my trainer lets me use since the saddle that was really working had to saddly go back to its home (the the same size and model)
Today I got really good sitting trot work out of him and had some very good strides that where constitant and under me along the long sides and reallyused the three half halt exersise through my corners and was able to really still keep my inside hand from trying to take over the world LOL
To theright instead of spirong beofre going into the canter I did alot of trot halts, he's listening to my voice very well and keeping him active in the trantions helps but im having to really foccus on whatmy body says and keep it clear since in the dressage test I can cluck my way into a downwrd halt and say WOAH and then say good boy now up, trot! oh well he's getting there!
Our canter was so on today! A GAME! GOLD STARS! SUPER GOOD PONY!!!
I couldnt beilve it. I had him so balanced and relaxed but not dead to my leg! WIth this little horse its very very tricky to play the game of stay with me but don't mock 10 and not about to break every single stride of canter. Lol.
I wasnt expecting as good the other way (we started out to the left) and to the right he was really good too! Not as good but he sure was trying.
Even though he wasnt sweaty either ride he mentally was so done.
I am so happy with both rides! I was going to hack him out today but didnt and stayed in the arena to work on our big trot and got our working canter instead really but hey I am far from complaining!!!!
Tomorrow the plan is to jump a little.
Hope some of you had great empowering rides today!