Lance and I hauled over for a lesson with Julie today. It was a gray day but I had to try for some photos since Julie wanted to get on Lance to see how he feels; I don't often get the opportunity to watch him get put through his paces! I also took photos of Julie, her beautiful driveway and her talented Totilas filly (yes, her pasture buddy is a miniature horse, who is totally the boss!).
|Blurry but I love the color, the motion, Lance's frame....|
|I'm not sure I've ever seen Lance so quiet after a ride; he was TIRED!|
Require a better work ethic; don't let Lance take a break with every canter-walk transition.
Work on simple changes around the whole arena, not on a circle. If Lance gets "stuck," get in two-point, ask him to be a little rounder, lift his belly with spurs, and go forward for a bit.
Hold the counter-canter sometimes, asking Lance to counter-flex. I should be able to feel him flex more in his fetlocks.
Don't grip with my upper thigh; it can block Lance. Must use my correct seat bone while keeping thighs relaxed.
RHYTHM is main goal in trot. Ask for collection by closing hip joint some and moving legs back, then ease out to bigger trot by opening hip joints and using a long, relaxed leg.
Lateral work at the walk is good; save lateral work at the trot for times when Lance has extra energy.