We show at HHP in Edinburgh this Saturday - no ride time yet - this will most likely be our last show of 2012. Octoberfest and CAF shows in October conflict with Regionals in KY (daughter will be showing in KY). CAF has a November show - but I hate cold and battle Raynaud's syndrome. So, one more time at Intro C for this year.
How will we do? No clue as of today! Riva has been quite the 5 yr old, mare, green bean, diva the past few rides. She is one happy camper when we work on the galloping tract - but not so much in the dressage arena. When asked to work with contact in trot, she likes to avoid by cantering. When brought back to trot and asked again, she will kick out, buck, etc until she finally gives up? and gets with the program. Exhausting and back wretching, to say the least.
Alexis came out to give me a lesson yesterday and saw what I was dealing with. Time for a trainer ride! After some impressive bucks and attitude (of which Alexis can handle much better than her old mom), Diva became the nice sweet willing mare that she can be. It is like a switch has to flip and then the attitude is gone. Maybe when she turns 6 that switch will stay flipped - one can only hope.
We worked on a new exercise - Lex would have us trot in shoulder in on the quarter line half way down the long side, then ride across the diagonal to the opposite quarter line - changing the bend as we went (thinking leg yield) and repeat down the other side. After a few passes of this exercise, she had me trot a 20 meter circle then go back to the shoulder in / change bend on the diagonal. We ended by working on cantering big then asking for some contact at canter - once she gave to the contact, we did a trot transition.
Took a nice walk out around the pond - galloping track was still muddy from storms that came thru on Friday night. No pictures :( Hubby was re-grading the outdoor dressage arena - in hopes of getting a ride in out there this evening.