Bit by bit by bit
August 8, 2011 1 Comment
Tonight I rode one of the tests for the first time, and my first run-through illustrated perfectly (for me at least) the purpose of the tests, namely, testing the rider’s abilities to execute a series of movements – many of which complement each other – smoothly and in an organized and deliberate fashion.
Do you hear that, Self? Organized and deliberate.
While we had a few decent moments, the downward transitions were a bit of a mess. Okay, “bit of a mess” is being generous. They were fifty kinds of ugly, truth be told.
I’m sitting here reviewing my videos (thank you again, Christy, for being so adept at grabbing video as you teach!) and I just discovered a key problem. My transitions are too abrupt. I’m not thinking “smaller trot, now smaller, now smaller still, walk!” as I go into the transitions. And by smaller trot, I mean *half halt* half halt*half halt. This sequence shows what happens when I transition too abuptly. Here goes:
Lovely. But wait. There’s more.
Okay, so that save is nice but it doesn’t do much for me in a test, where transitions are scored. I’m sending a link to this post to Christy and I am sure we’re going to drill this tomorrow.
There were some bright spots in tonight’s ride. I got some of the nicest trot to date from Derby. His back was way up, and it felt wonderful. All of our current problems can be laid squarely on my doorstep. Derby is a sweet, willing horse and tries hard. I like him more and more each day and am really looking forward to our journey together!