|The first thing I did after coming home from the BVX?|
A solo trail ride with my Bean who had an entire week off.
The school itself kinda left much to be desired, but I was also working hard to apply some of the critiques offered in the online Dressage show as well as from previous lessons/ clinics we have taken this year. So, it made for a messy kind of school (which can also be most progressive sometimes, haha).
We had some Discussions about the canter as per Annie's reversion to her cross-firing MO, and while it did kinda piss me off, I slowly just let it roll off my back and kept asking and kept pushing her to do the thing. About 15 minutes of arguing later, she finally relented and cantered around like a civilized beast. We had some super canter and did several simple changes across the arena, as well as adding in a few canter loops (a light intro to counter canter) before calling it a day. I wanted to make sure she understood the situation and stopped before it felt like I was drilling her (plus, she started to realize what was going to happen when we headed across the diagonal and started to go into Auto Pilot. OK there mare, let's do something else haha).
|Pictured: Annie in the midst of another change (in the back) and her haunches|
pointing dang near parallel to X in the arena, haha. It's like almost riding two
|Post-Discussion: My my, mare, what a lovely canter!|
(Note the very minimal tail swishing which is often her MO).
The following two photos speak volume:
|Haunches pointed in. You can see I have raised the lunge line, ready|
to ask her to tip her head and shoulder to the inside and swing her
|Straighter - the haunches are following the shoulder, as they should.|
In the last two weeks we've also done a trail ride (wherein she was a friggen rockstar, esp when I shrieked at Ella, who attempted to cross the highway by herself), given the nephew some more pony rides, and have even done our very first bareback canter (in a halter no less!) during a fun little ride in the back pasture.
|Getting a good stretch at the trot. What a good girl!!|
That being said, does anyone have any good exercises or tips for dealing with a very haunches-in prone horse? I love all the good info other bloggers have and don't mind the helpful advice!