Rogo's First Flying Change Under Saddle
I had a lesson with Megan this morning. I have to admit, I'm kind of sore after yesterday's tumble, but neither Rogo or I are too worse for wear. We worked on connection a lot, trotting circles and when he came through, trotting down the long side. My issue? I 'give it away' (the connection) to get the forward on the long side. Also, as he comes onto the bit I feel like I should give to reward him, but I give too much. I have to learn how to stay soft and 'give' while still keeping the connection.
After that we worked on leg yield (just to the right today) and he is slowly getting it. He steps sideways, but loses impulsion as he goes. The exercise entailed leg yielding out at a walk and as we neared the rail to switch my weight to the outside seat bone and canter off. He got this with just a few trot steps, but was getting better each time.
Although he did all the exercises, he didn't have much energy or forwardness, so we thought we'd ask him for a big canter to see if that would get him more energized. It usually does. Megan tried him and this was the highlight of the ride - he popped a shoulder out at one point so she did a small counter bend (I couldn't even notice it) with a light tap, expecting he'd trot, and ..... he did this gorgeous, clean, perfect flying change and continued on cantering! I jumped up from my seat because I couldn't believe what I was seeing. They were trotting back to me by then and I said, "did he just do a flying change?" and she confirmed it and explained the sequence and that it seems to come naturally to him. I won't try it as I don't have the finesse yet and I don't want to screw with his nice canter. But wow, it's there waiting to come out :) He never takes a wrong lead, so cantering may be his strong point.I got back on and we did some nice canter lengthening, and it did make him more happy and forward. Yeah Rogo! Meanwhile, I'm starting to stiffen up. The fall yesterday didn't help my back. I may need to squeeze in a trip to the chiropractor :)