My barn held a dressage clinic a week or so ago.. and I decided to attend.. deffinately took a lot from it! We were really have an issue getting nova to move her hind end as well as her from end at the same time while leg yeilding w/t and in this video sadly just shows the walk but we accomplished it at the trot as well. My barn is holding another on the 9th which im extremely excited for .. hopeing to get some starting tips on the shoulders in. We also got some pointers on how my position needs to almost mimic the bend I want from her.. she would bend but not through her whole body, just through her neck because I was a bit to straight so I was blocking her! The second I turned my body.. she instantly changed herself.. which felt pretty cool. She was also able to step through her hind end better as well. Definitely a good clinic.
Going to start showing nova this years in training level possibly play around in 1st. We went through intro level last year which she did well in.. scored mid 60's in intro C... She thinks if I keep going the road I'm going with her we should do well. I just need to bring up her poll a bit, and ride more forward..which normally I do, I think I held back in the clinic because I was nervous haha but I've been doing so much long and low with Nova cause of how when I first got her she was so bracey and stiff.. and now that's where she's comfortable.. so were going to start working on bringing her up again and strengthen her neck. As well as switching her bit to a neule shule [sp?] Starter bit. She has such a low pallet, and fat tounge so a normal french link snaffle just isnt comfortable for her.
She also told me that Nova is deffinately a tricky ride because she's so sensative especially through her mouth, she quickly switches from to much contact to to little, whch is why she thinks switching bits should help there. As well a nova tries to always be a step a head of you, and assume what we are doing. So you kinda gotta always be on her and not allow her to take over.
Heres a video short clip.