This will document my work toward that blue ribbon. ;D
Rode Nighty, AKA 'The Gaited Cow' for 2 hours. Dressage saddle, roller curb bit.
Lots of flat walk. We had a lot of speed(gasp!) at first, but NO stride. So we said bye-bye to the nice fast Nighty and did LOTS of backing to try to engage that butt. It worked-- we got quite the flatwalk out of her. I thought it was a runwalk, but my trainer laughed. .___.
Then we lengthened and did some pattern work. She really needs to lift her ribcage and bend off of leg.
All in all it was a good day. My ankles hurt at the end, though. :c