Thankfully Oliver has kept me sane through all of it. He's been my rock through this emotional roller coaster and driven me to just keep on keepin on!!
We are currently schooling training level in our warm ups like it is nothing and making the workout all about incorporating first level work into our ride.
The last two weeks of lessons have proven my hard work and determination.
In lesson 1, two weeks ago now we introduced a fabulous new canter/trot exercise that he took to 10x better then we expected. I worked with him just a couple times with him on it, really figured out how to control the haunches while keeping the shoulders free and coming around with out him falling out or on the FH.
Yesterday's lesson was just a great confirming ride. We did the canter/trot exercise and improved it even more. My hopes with this exercise and working it for a couple more weeks is that transitions in and out of canter will be there, not tense or rushed...our canter will be much more balanced.
We also asked for more shoulder in, and I was able to find the way my body needs to be to free him up, not hold him back and cut his movement off!! Guess what we really had, felt, rode shoulder in!
We also drilled more steps of trot leg yield, what helped me was really again letting go of the inside rein, opening my outside slightly and swinging my leg not as far back with a poke poke with the spur, but with each two pokes I would half halt him and really try to not let him run off...it was also better geometry, center line to the letter and INTO the corner.
We are thinking lengthening, power, bold, active hind end on our trot diagonals. Again working on being dead on with the geometry, straight and riding him into the corners....but getting light dancing trot steps in the corners, really reining the trot in after pushing for so much impulsion.
I'm excited, things are going great, I want this winter to be the difference between showing first level and riding each movement to a T and owning each movement!! Thank goodness there is a lot of time!!
I'm hoping that in the next couple weeks I will have some clips of these things to share and open up for some critique.
I hoping the rain goes away for a bit today, it can come back when I clean pastures and go get stall bedding....
I'm posting two pictures from last week, after clipping him I can see his body much better. These first two photos will so to say be my "before" shots"
I cannot wait to see that transformation to the after "after"