Ollie and I have been progressing amazing, still no luck on finding the right dressage saddle, soon I hope.
I have been having some difficulty keeping him straight and round on a 20 meter. Its getting better for sure but I love to ride with to much inside rein!!
I started riding with little baby spurs cause I was kicking to much and it does help keep him coming around and get him to keep his belly lifted when he starts to peter out in the canter.
Once I get him on the aids and forward (really getting his rhythm down) in the trot I just have to remember chest open, relaxed arms, weight down through my heels and sometimes look to the outside as I can tilt my head inwards and it throws us off balance (such a mind over matter issue, but improved tremendously)
Yesterday was the best canter we had going clockwise. I was very pleased, then did some leg yields and he really stepped under a few times but really had to half halt with my core to help him not take it into a faster trot. Would love some canter exercises to help him balance better.
I found that he does great when he as two things to do on either side of the arena. My ride a couple days ago we rode through a grid and then I had him really come back and use his hind end and make me turn him with my seat and legs not that inside rein (it has a mind of its own I swear!) to do a shallow loop or leg yield to the rail (I switched off every time so he wasn't expecting what to do. Three weeks ago I couldnt have done that!
So I would love some more exercises like that. Been making him stay active in the hind end through downward transitions, yesterday he really caught on and got very proud of himself.
He gets new shoes this week and next week we have a two day dressage clinic I'm hoping to get tons of pictures and video!!
Here re a couple cute pictures till then!