I rode Friday night, and realized Mikey needs his winter hair cut. He's disgusting looking. This was from about 20 min of work. He also needs a mane pull.
|Sweaty, hairy mess. I hate that he looks like a backyard pony instead of a nice dressage horse.|
To get the left to right change:
- Forward canter
- Straight and through
- Softer hands than usual and allow the head and neck a bit lower than desired
- Very clear seat bone and leg changes
- More forward canter than the other direction
- Extremely straight and very through
- Extraordinarily light contact, allowing the head and neck to become much lower than desired in almost a stretchy canter
- Lighter seat than desired while still trying to be clear with the seat bones and leg, but not leaning forward so much that I put too much weight over his shoulder and thereby discourage the change.
The L2R changes were all very good today until I botched the forward or straight requirement. The R2L changes failed unless I was very straight, very through, very soft. That's the harder direction for my hips, so that's not helping Mikey either. I got 3 or 4 good ones L2R, so I left those alone and worked the R2L until I got 2 good ones in a row (we were pushing 45-50 min by then).
|This is where I do my dressage. The jump field surrounds the arena. It has a lot of stadium jumps and a handful of XC.|
|Meandering around the jump field.|
|Licking the gate after eating his treats. I don't know why, he always licks metal or wood after eating any kind of treat. I like this field the best, it has lots of tree cover by the gate, but opens up to a couple acres of grass.|
|Close up of the previous pic. See? Licking away.|
My husband lit a fire tonight, first one of the winter season!
|Nickels warming his butt.|
|Penny laying on top of the cat tree in our front window.|