Tuesday, June 1, 2010

June Training Goals and May Results


Training area
April 1, 2010
April 30, 2010
Goal, May 31, 2010
Achieved
Goal, June 30, 2010
Contact (accepting contact with the bit)
3
4
6
4.5
6
Bending
3
4
5
4
5
Working trot
6
7
8
7
8
Canter

  • Transition
  • Carry
  • Steer


3
2
0


6
2/3
1


7
5
3


6
3
3


7
5*
5*
Circles
2/3 –
4
5
4
5
Free walk
4 / 5
5/6
6/7
6
6
Halt
1
3
5
3
5*
Straight on center line
2
3
5
3
5*
Rhythm
2/3
4
5
5
5
Precise transitions
2
4
5
4
5
Frame
1/2
4/5
6
4
5

Cheryl and I worked on these before my lesson today, waiting for the rain to stop.

Focus will be on starred item – anything that needs to go from a 3 to a 5.

Seems like I didn't improve much in May, but I feel okay about it. We got much better in corners, he is starting to steer at the canter and is carrying it better, etc., and I'm sure we'll have a break through any day now lol
To do:
  • longe at canter and don't let him stop on his own - keep him cantering beyond what he wants to do, i.e. let him get a bit tired and then ask for a little more
  • canter under saddle on longe to help him get used to carrying me on a circle
  • practice on my own using side reins to improve contact - take and give (donut) without losing contact. Contact was so much easier with Savanah. She stays in your hands and is steady on the bit. Who knew starting a horse could be so tricky :)
Also, my goal is to go in a Walk Trot  in July to get him used to a show environment, but he may not be ready even for that. I'm determined to do Training Level before the show season ends!
My personal goals for June? Again - lose 5 lbs.! That I didn't lose in May :(

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