our current maximum fancy
In between these moments, though, I'm working with some resistance and tension. It is more than likely rooted in my own riding, so I don't necessarily want to start adding gadgets and changing everything up on Isabel in search of a 'solution.'
Also, my dressage trainer MP wants me to just focus 100% on the fundamentals - and getting myself totally correct - and that this alone will establish the basics. I shouldn't be changing things up every time I don't get the expected response or reaction from Isabel. I just need to stick to the fundamentals and we'll eventually get there.
That said... Isabel has *always* had a head-flinging habit.
classical form - check out that extension! lol
The fling crops up on trail rides when Isabel loses her mind and jigs every which way (never mind the steep hills and stony paths) - fortunately not a common occurrence any more. But it also shows up in the arena occasionally when Ms. Thing doesn't like what I'm asking (or maybe bc I'm riding shittily... which is perhaps what my dressage trainer would say).
I started riding in a running martingale a few months back with positive results, and still always use it on the trails, even tho Isabel is pretty consistently awesome out there these days.
However I haven't been schooling much in it lately since it's not legal in the dressage ring. And I'm noticing an increased frequency in head flings - both in jumping and on the flat. And let me tell you - she can really throw that thing around. Combined with my typically-too-far-forward position, I've worried about my own nose on more than one occasion.
So my question:
- Would you start schooling in the martingale again? I still use it for jumping lessons, partly bc my jump trainer P requires neck straps and it's a two-fer with the martingale. But when I'm schooling at home, I've been ditching it more often than not.
- Or, is it better to stay the course with what I'm doing and focus on improving my own seat and refining my aids? (as in, are martingales blasphemy in the dressage world?)
this is what dressage should look like, right?