Aha! Yesterday was an eye opening, things-clicking-in-place day.
We learned how to go forward, properly
Did ya'll know that there is a correct/effective way to use a whip? No one had bothered to teach me until this instructor! This method truly helped Sky to learn to move off of my leg. I learned to stop nagging him!
We also learned how to deal with his bowing out and dropping shoulders (moving sideways so quickly you can hardly keep up) issues. THANK the LORD. That issue was the one that made me batty and cranky.. because no matter how much I beat him with my outside leg (after asking nicely, then using the whip) he would continue to do it. The fact he'd nearly hit the wall didn't phase him.
So apparently your hands don't have to be frozen in place, with elbows moving.. they can move to help with the shoulders.
I didn't understand that.
Apparently half halts can be a LOT stronger if needed without the horse falling apart.
I didn't know that.
Apparently my horse can lengthen his stride and step under himself and NOT drag his feet.
I couldn't believe that!
Apparently my horse thinks he can avoid picking up the correct lead to the right because it's harder for him by going into the wrong-lead canter when HE wanted to (without me asking AT ALL) and then throw his head to snatch the reins.
I don't think so.
So all of these things, that have been sleeping dragons since I first taught him canter back in Maryland in 2011... have resurfaced AFTER we got him moving off of my leg and fixed the ignoring my aids issue.
So that was awesome!
I have video.. I need more work still, especially my posting (talk about pushing my tummy out.....yikes) but it's getting there slowly!
And yes, my horse is very out of shape and a fatty. Like he was over 1300lbs before I taped him (he's now 1288 lbs but it's 90% FAT I tell ya!)
Sky's more-flexible side
Sky's stiffer side
I'm pretty darn sore and tired today, so giving him the day off.
Here's our album of riding photos too! http://s339.photobucket.com/user/Muz...?sort=3&page=1
Disclaimer: Keep in mind this is our 2nd lesson with this fabulous trainer. I don't ride Sky every day, and Sky is really not in shape at all. Also I'm not in very good shape either. This is pretty new to me, and Sky's fail safe is to brace.