Rose Colored Glasses
I'm not overly positive in my outlook. As a matter of fact I struggle to keep a positive frame of mind and not fall into the easiness of negativity. And yet...
I think I see my riding through rose colored glasses. In my mind my movements are smooth as glass and my feel is exactly 'right' - never too much or too little, with each movement glidingly balanced side to side and front to back. Boy, when I stop to pay attention to it though, it's pretty jerky. Especially when the aid requires weight in the left stirrup - I kind of lurch and heave over into position :)
At least I'm aware now that the left weight aid was missing. It isn't coming easily though! To Rogo's credit I can see a difference (improvement) in his response now that I'm trying to get the left weight aid right. He definitely moves off my left leg better, bends to the left better and changes bend better. I keep telling him how good he is every time he responds well to it. I wonder if there is a way to get the left side of my body more coordinated and controlled?
Today Doug and I both rode. I was very happy with my ride with Rogo. He's getting his trot back and we had some great trot work - 20 m circles, figure eights, serpentines, trot /halt/trot - he kept his forwardness throughout. Yeah! We even did some shoulder in. He isn't completely steady in it, but it's coming along nicely.
We did cantering in both directions - going large and 20 m circles. I wanted to work on the up and down transitions. They still need work.
Leg yield isn't getting anywhere. I must be doing something wrong. He'll step over at the walk. But usually not by much and not consistently. Wish I knew what I was doing wrong.
Doug is concerned about Savanah not wanting to hold her canter. I think he needs to build up her hind quarter strength again (they didn't do a lot of work this fall and I notice her canter has gotten flat) and also I think he needs to communicate that he's committed and means it when he asks her to carry the canter.All in all a really fun ride.