After the success of the prize ride the collective three of us determined that coming to Bridle Trails for the lesson would actually be a decent meeting point. It's the least driving for Jim, which Cortney and I both don't mind facilitating. It's not too bad for Cortney and it's super short for me. Plus the footing is a lot better than at Fall City.
thumb over the whip
bend elbows, lift weights
contact on the mouth
let her stretch and maintain contact 'wringing' the reins
indirect rein of opposition
control the shoulders
core to control the pace
|Tail swish attitude|
We managed to have loads of quiet canter departs without a rushing trot, but then I was apparently slowing her TOO far down and she didn't have enough march to really push into the canter and slow canter is HARD yo and I was not coordinated enough to prestidigitate (Jim's favorite word for the evening) and let her move forward to maintain the canter more than a few strides.
But honestly, even this is progress if you look at the quality we were getting instead of a flat, out of balance running start. I'll take it if it means I get a good canter out of this mare in the end that's rateable and stays in dressage courts.
|She was tired.|
|Reign is Not Having the get hosed off at a place that's not home. Silly 4 year old.|
|And then I continue out of saddle fitness ventures today!|
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