I just made that word up. It means a horse who doesn't want to leave the track. I've never had this happen before, but in the last week or so Rogo has decided he doesn't want to leave the track. Now that it's finally sunk in I realize there have been signs of it for awhile - slow to pick up a circle (having to go around a second time to get it) and not wanting to cross the diagonal. I'm going to have to back track and get the steering solid again.
He had been steering quite well, but not always with the correct bend. Now his bend is very good, but he doesn't want to bend more than necessary I guess :)
Maybe he's figured out that it's more work to leave the track and do figures than it is to go large? Has anyone else experienced this? I know many horses like to stay on the rail if they're close to it, but I mean really pulling against me not to leave the rail. This is what happened today, and it made me realize it had been creeping in while I focused on training other things. I've been working lots on doing serpentines to get bend, but have neglected circles so I have my work to do. The upside is that all the serpentines have improved bend and contact but I'm learning I can't neglect one thing for another.
I had a lesson with Cheryl today and we worked on trot - going over ground poles, and canter circles. We did a little leg yield at the end and I think I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I need to keep the outside rein on more to signal that we're moving that way. I was just going on and off with it quite lightly, but when I took a firm steady contact it worked.
Back to the barn tomorrow - I have to get him moving easily on and off the track again!
If you haven't seen it already, here is a lovely video of Uta Graf riding Damon Jerome, on Mel's blog Devoted to Dressage. Her riding is BEAUTIFUL!
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