Friday, October 3, 2014

Recent Lessons

I've been having some great lessons with Rogo lately. He's forward and has developed a great work ethic. He's also learning not to get too anxious when learning something new. Here are some things I want to remember from my last couple of lessons :
- When I want to walk from canter, relax my seat and breath out. Also it helps to think canter halt, and then walk not halt.
- If he trots instead of walks in an attempted canter walk transition then leg yield into walk, go back to canter, and try again.
- Don't do the same thing each time it doesn't work. I can also ask for one step back if he trots instead of walk.
- If he gets anxious about trying something new repeatedly then take a break from it, ie in the above scenarios go for a nice big trot to relax the mind and body.
- Remember to keep my equitation throughout transitions. Nothing should change except the quiet aid for the transition.
- Half halting on the outside during half pass can get the hind quarters more engaged, and counter intuitively it leads to a better bend in the direction of travel.
- Riding in a half seat helps me get my heels down and legs quieter (I need lots more!). Rogo likes it too.
I wish I had some magic tips to write for shoulder in. Rogo and I struggle with lateral work. It doesn't come naturally. He's slowly getting it, but it will be a matter of lots of practise. I need to stay relaxed and keep the angle shallow to achieve three tracks.
Arthur Kottas comes back October 17 so I'm busy getting ready for that.

1 comment:

Grey Horse Matters said...

Sounds like you and Rogo are really progressing. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time with Arthur Kottas. He's one of the best.