Doug and I had a great lesson with Joan today, and we were both so tired we napped afterwards :)
She worked with us on turn on the forehand and leg yielding. Rogo was the turn on the forehand star. He's done it before, but did it quite well from the first time he was asked. We could do a little polishing to the left. One area for improvement is to control each step, but even that isn't too bad. Doug and Savannah did quite well, but it needs some work in staying in one spot.
Then the roles reversed, as Savanah and Doug were the leg yielding stars. They'd never done it before and off they went leg yielding back and forth between the quarter and center lines, keeping a nice rhythm. Damn them! Ha Ha. Rogo and I were next up and we didn't do so well. We could get some lateral steps, but they were very slow and lacked impulsion. He's getting the idea though, so it's all good.
Then we moved on to sitting trot. Thank heavens Joan is starting me with this now because it's going to take me months. I thought it would be a little easier because I can sit Savanah's biggest trot and she's no slouch, but I can't sit to Rogo. I think it's partly that I haven't done it in a long time, and partly that he has a lot of suspension and I've never learned to sit to that. Once again, Savanah and Doug did great - their sitting trot was lovely. Doug has come light year's in the last year and even over the summer having her home and riding more. I think going in competitions really helped him too. It firms up goals, and also allows you to see good riding and be motivated to get there.
We finished with riding together in formation and Joan calling out the pattern she wanted. The horses seem to enjoy this and it's fun. It forces you to control the speed within the gait too, as the outside horse speeds up and the inside one slows down on the corners.
Tonight I longed Dan. He is doing so well on the longe. We did 5 cavelleti, spaced to lengthen his trot and he soars through them. We also did a lot of walk trot canter transitions on the longe. Maybe it's my imagination, and I need to work with him more, but I think his trot is looking less flat even when he's not going over cavelleti.