The days are growing shorter and the horses coats are getting thicker. Dandy is turning in to a woolly mammoth. I don’t really want to clip him yet but I’m going to have to do it soon or spend an hour trying to dry him out afterwards.
JLE and I got right down to business on the flat today by getting Dandy to move off my legs and to get moving forward the minute I ask. I’ve been trained to sit the first few steps of a trot transition to really help establish a good pace and get the right lead but JLE wants me to forget all of that for a while and just to start posting. It was hard! Mostly for me to remember to do it.
One thing that I’m really trying to work on is to stop focusing on where Dandy’s head carriage is and instead focusing on riding him correctly. Correct half halts. Making sure his foot steps are where I want them. Getting him forward. If I can do all of that, he starts coming through his back and working correctly. And it feels so much better than if I’m trying to argue with him about collection and carriage.
We had a lot of fun working on leg yields at the trot and the canter! I’ve never done canter leg yields on Dandy before but we actually got a few nice ones. And the trot leg yields were good too. Definitely the smoothest and most on the bit we’ve ever been for them.
And we finished that all up with some two point. I didn’t get my base line done in time to officially compete but I still think working on your two point is important so I am gong to play along anyway.