|well. there's always photographic evidence of his extreme handsomeness, at least lol|
See. It's kind of a funny thing with me and riding. I enjoy riding. I think about it often and study it. I want to be better at it. And I spend untold hours documenting all that I learn here on the blog for the purposes of remembering and growing from my experiences.
|run, charlie, Run!|
(**a paid professional of my choosing - this attitude does NOT extend to internet strangers or well-intentioned would-be bestowers of wisdom and advice, thankyouverymuch lol).
That was basically the entirety of the dressage lesson. Or, as trainer P has said in our lessons at OF, it's all about sending and bending the horse.
If he's very low and heavy up front, or very high and braced, or shuffling and tripping... all of these are symptoms of not pushing enough from his hind end, not moving forward enough. And my answer for each is the same: use inside leg to ask him to step more under with that hind. More power forward. And bend.
|c'mon emma, use that core girlfriend!!|
He's figuring out that speed isn't an evasion any more and that I'm not going to argue with him about it (something I'd subconsciously started after riding around h/j students on lesson ponies lately.... it's kinda embarrassing to constantly lap everyone so I'd just slowed my long-legged horse down to match them instead. Um. Probably not a winning horse training strategy, emma!).
|a fleeting, imperfect moment but a moment none the less!!|
It's worth noting that in these pictures, I sought to capture the full spectrum of how we typically go right now. None of the shots could be considered 'correct' or whatever, but that's not the point. Rather, they all demonstrate that Charlie is changing. Developing. Thinking about what I'm asking and trying different answers. And I like it!!
|a less fleeting and even more imperfect moment haha. but hey look - apparently i *do* have a core in there! but only use it when death-by-face-planting seems imminent lol|
Interestingly enough (and perhaps not surprising), now that I'm making 'forward' our #1 priority, some of Charlie's balky behavior has returned. I guess now that it's not an evasion any more, speed is less fun?
|<3 this canter. even if he makes me work for it|
|horse remains unconvinced lol|
My current thoughts are that he'll be quite happy to keep moving out when more jumping is involved!
|so handsome tho|
I'm excited tho. It feels like we've cracked the code in beginning to influence how Charlie carries himself. And every time he momentarily finds that balance of moving forward into a light contact while being soft over his topline? It's an addictive feeling haha, I want MOAR!!