11-19-2012, 08:20 PM
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So. My dirt has finally cleared up enough for me to ride safely in it so Squiggy got to go for a ride!
She now does a jog that she just started doing, I believe it's a sort of "sitting trot" or something. She does it with her head almost level too!
And then it came time to kick that trot up a bit. It took a few half halts until she started to relax, and then tried to get her to reach into contact. And do you think I could make it happen? Nope. So, we walked the barrel pattern a few times and I tried again. This time, I remembered people saying to have an elastic contact for her to reach into. So, I super exaggerated it from my elbows to fingers, and she actually lifted her back and got on the bit! SQUEEEE!
So, I asked for a lope and it didn't take long for me to exaggerate the elastic contact again and she was DOING THE EXACT SAME THING. Even her neck was nice and rounded and she loped with a nice, even rhythm.
It felt like I was riding one of those big dressage horses.