Leg yields, finally.
February 14, 2011 2 Comments
For tonight’s lesson, I asked Christy to pick up where we left off yesterday – I wanted to focus on continuing to hone the mare’s responsiveness. But first, we had to work through a pronounced reappearance of my bad habit of giving away one rein while hanging onto another. So first, we went back to steering with the outside rein, while giving with the inside rein – but giving by moving my arm forward, rather than letting the rein slip through my fingers. Christy had me imagine that I was holding a crop with my thumbs, and keeping my hands even, rather than letting one creep back near my hips. That trick worked well.
So we moved onto lateral work. I’m happy to report that last night wasn’t a fluke! I put the mare to work, keeping off the rail and making deliberate turns, keeping her connected to the outside rein, and then yielding out on a circle. Once again, we had some nice moments, and the mare was pretty (though not perfectly) responsive. However, she was responsive enough, and I was a little jelly-legged after a mid-lesson bolting spook that I was able to somehow ride.
This isn’t a pretty picture, but you can see that her back has come way up, and that she’s stepping inside with her right hind.
We worked in both directions, and got some particularly nice work going left. Again, we started on a circle, and spiraled in and out, taking a step or two of leg yield as we spiraled away from the center.
I decided to see if I could keep it together down the quarter line:
Mission to leg yield accomplished!
I still need to work on her responsiveness – but I feel like we’re headed in the right direction after these rides. Progress is motivating!