Alexis had me hop off and she worked her in hand for a bit then jumped on. She got Riva moving and quick off the leg. I hopped back on and of course, immediate difference.
Here is pre-trainer ride:
Of course, I was not helping with my position. My body seems to think if I lean forward and throw my hands at her, she will speed up and lighten up. My mind knows that does not work and Lex worked on my position after I got back on.
Here is post-trainer ride:
Hmmm, amazing what happens when I sit back! Dang those elbows though - I do know how to bend them.
Lex rode Cheers around while she gave me my lesson. She is trying to work with him each time she is out to the barn. He is so fat - but cute :) Can you all believe he is an OTTB?
We ended by running thru my Intro C test. We got canter at the correct time and trot transition at the right time. And when I watched the video, it looked better than I thought it felt. Have not uploaded the video, as it takes a thousand years!
It was good for me to run thru the test inside, since if it rains next weekend, my dressage test will be in an indoor at CAF. As we have shown there several times, I am not worried about being moved to the indoor. I am looking forward to next weekend. Our last show was at the end of June.
Portions of the Intro C test to work on this week - after reviewing the video:
- free walk (fine line between a good paced walk and Riva breaking to trot)
- trot down centerline after opening halt (I need to concentrate on keeping Riva straight when asking for trot transition - she tends to fall to the right)
I did finish pulling her mane yesterday, trimmed up her fetlocks, bridle path, and muzzle. Now for a whitening bath everyday and maybe she will be fairly clean next Saturday!