|She has a pretty good amount of reach for such a short horse.|
We did get some good moments in the Dressage work but she didn't seem like she settled very much. Her steps were quick and short, and she certainly was not reaching over her back. She felt fractious and kept tripping over her own feet. Instead of fighting about it for much longer, I quickly moved into our Reining work.
|This is her "I LOVE RUNNING" face. Ears pricked and a |
pep in her step. Yea, I think she likes Reining.
I took some video and some of the things that jumped out to me to fix were:
- When making a big and fast circle, I need to have her GO. The lope in the video had little to no difference to her small and slow circle.
- Slow down her small and slow lope. She needs to show a difference in the gait and I need to remember to prepare for this at least 2-3 strides out from the center. Do not wait until 1/2 of the small and slow circle goes by to get it right.
- In the spins, use the outside leg to push her over but be careful that she isn't doing a turn on the haunches. Open the rein and make her pivot.
- Remember to SIT DOWN during the stops and in the rollbacks. Push down into the stirrups and remember to collapse through your spine as if you are deflating. Do not lean back in the saddle - the stop will NOT work.
- Always keep looking around through your turns.
- Pulling back on your inside rein during the lope will not drop her head (idk why I keep doing this!!). Need to ask by lifting the reins UP and bumping with the legs.
|See what happens when you actually LIFT your reins and use your seat?|
Ah, things start to come together.
I've also decided to switch back our bits because I figure, why change up a good thing that was working? Especially so close to show time. We have seven more days left before we haul out for the BVX - no pressure.