I have said it before, but I have received so much support thru my blog and I appreciate every one of you! From just starting the blog, thru Hennessy's injury and decision to euthanize, to my ups and downs with riding and training Riva; the comments I receive have helped me tremendously. Thank you all!
I went in to my lesson on Tuesday with an open mind and optimistic attitude (which is really not my nature, sadly). My trainer first asked me to set a date that we will begin working on canter in lessons - I told her next week's lesson, April 24th, to which I think she was surprised that I did not put it off longer. I told her I am getting more relaxed in canter, but I am nervous when Riva gets fast and strong. We then talked about my issue with contact - that I am so confused over how much contact to take up and what I should be expecting to get from Riva.
We started off with a walking 20 meter circle on the left lead (which I wanted to work on since last lesson was spent on right lead circles). She instructed me of how much rein to take up and then keeping the contact - which I saw that I had been taking up much more rein, while working on my own. Riva quickly responded to this contact, dropped her head nicely and reached for the bit. After we established keeping her on a 20 meter circle in a nice swinging walk, we moved up to trot after taking up slightly more rein. Again, Riva quickly went into the contact with moments of her back lifting.
At the end of the lesson, I went thru my Intro B test. While no where near perfect, my trainer says it improves every time. My biggest problem was getting her to trot down the centerline and turn left at C - Riva was being a princess and did not want to trot thru the mud puddle at C in the outdoor arena. After the lesson, I spent about 15 minutes trotting the Diva thru that puddle! Chances are we will encounter standing water at the show this weekend - forecast is calling for rain in our area Friday and Saturday.
Which leads to my ride last evening...get ready for it...
1) we cantered
2) we had fun (yes, Riva told me she had fun!)