So today I had another lesson! And it was extra early (for me) at 9:15.
But it was good! The weather is really nice so it was a good time to ride. We started off the lesson working on getting Nav focused and balanced. He was SO looky today, like, he thought he needed to check out everything going on. We got him nice and focused and then began on the trot work. On the circle I got him going and then alternated between our long and short strides. Nav wants to pull down still in the down transitions. Rather than the too big steps with his hind legs, lately he has taken to shortening his hinds and then just pulling down and on the forehand when I ask him to slow and shorten. I am getting a lot better at feeling him start to do it though and then making sure I sit very tall, keep my leg on and remind his hinds with the whip. So it's getting better.
We then spent quite a long time on working on our canter transition. But instead of letting him do it from a long stride and fast trot, J had me asking him from the short and slow trot. The point of the exercise is to show him that he can in fact, pick up the canter from that gait and he doesn't have to try and speed into it, and it helps us go into the canter much more balanced. It was really hard! Nav didn't want to balance enough to do it, so it took a lot of tries, but we did eventually get it. J is big on not getting upset or frustrated when Nav doesn't respond the way I want him to, and instead wants me to just reorganize, rebalance, and ask again. We will definitely be working on that some more.
At the end she wanted to see our leg yield and she was very happy with our progress on that. I was too! It wasn't quite as good as the other day, but both sides were decent so it was an improvement from the previous lesson. :)
After the lesson we cooled out and I hosed Nav down since he sweated a lot, did some stretches, and gave him a few treats.
He looked so shiny! He's still shedding out just a little around his barrel. Probably will be done in a couple more weeks.