02/20/14 – Crescent Roll Lesson J
I had a great lesson on Dante tonight! RI introduced two new exercises: travers and renvers. At first she had me do shoulder in – which I’m pretty proficient at and then haunches out – which I’m getting better at. Once she started talking about travers and renvers, I was thoroughly confused so she drew a picture for me in the arena dirt; that’s when I discovered – hey they look like crescent rolls that are pointed in different directions relative to the arena wall! So we practiced crescent rolls J I will need to do some studying/reading before the next lesson as I cannot remember which movement calls for which bend/track.
I’m learning so much from this big beautiful Hanno! He’s pretty dang smart; in between the difficult lateral movements, she had me ride a stretchy circle in the posting trot with long reins. As soon as she said let him have the reins and stretch down, he snatched the reins from me as if he was thinking “hey, she said let me have the reins, amateur!”
We couldn’t do any canter work as one of his legs was kind of swollen and she didn’t want to over-stress him. I told her that I’m completely willing to ride another horse but he did fine at the walk and trot and we spend a long time just warming him up.
Anyway, I look forward to each lesson as I’m learning so much and I can see myself progressing from lesson to lesson. So glad I switched RIs!