Something strange happened this morning during our ride.
I was working on our cantering issues; she is generally tense and hollow, has trouble picking up the right lead and carries her haunches inward going to the left. Both her and I also hold our breath when we canter so we never get very far before we have to take a breathing break.
Over the last year I've received numerous tips and instructions as to how to improve her canter so I've been radomly implementing these suggestions.
Today, we did trot, walk, volte, canter depart; it actually worked pretty well; we both remembered to breathe; we did left first which always works, followed by right which also worked.
So then I tried to repeat that sequence; it worked on the left but not the right; so I tried the right again and she picked up the left lead again, so I did something new:
While cantering on the wrong left lead, I changed directions, thinking that this would put us on the correct lead.
Can you guess what happened?
She did a flying change to the incorrect lead! I didnt' even know that she could do flying changes under saddle. So I'm halfway excited, halfway confused.
I'm happy that we got a lot of cantering done and I could hear her breathe.
I also have some new ideas for working on her canter :)