Putting a few pieces together
December 1, 2011 Leave a comment
Riding bits and pieces of tests – a little stretchy trot here, free walk there, etc. – is far different that putting a whole test together.I’m just barely starting to string together movements with deliberation. Tonight we had a couple important firsts.
The big news was that I actually rode a canter transition. I had Derby in a really nicely balanced canter – he was on the bit and it felt great. As we rounded one end of the arena, I closed my fingers, half halted, engaged my core and kept it together as Derby transitioned to a trot. I kept the trot going, and it wasn’t a bad trot – he was still on the bit, in fact, the contact was really good. Still trotting, I decided to test my contact. I fed him a little rein, and a little more, and still more. Stretchy trot! Legit stretchy trot with contact! I rode half a lap like that, then picked him back up, and then invited him to stretch again. Wow. That was a great moment!
I also watched some video Liz shot a couple days ago. She quietly got about three minutes of trot work that I didn’t know she was shooting. We had a few nice moments but watching that video, I can clearly see that I”m still closing my hip angle. I have to sit up and engage my core if I want that horse to move!
So, a nice win tonight, but much remains to do.