We then schooled in the outdoor dressage arena and I was happy with everything from walk to trot to canter. Riva was forward and full of energy. So, I decided to try something new and asked for a canter transition from walk, on the left lead...and she did it! I was so excited I just about fell off :) Maybe it was a fluke, I thought, so I tried it again...success! We ended with lots of praise on that note.
On Tuesday, all the horses got their fall shots, so we took it a little easy. I lunged Riva briefly and then did a short dressage school in the indoor. (Boo to too much rain to ride outside)
Wednesday - still too wet to ride outside, although we did warm up and cool down with a walk around the pond. The horses were switched over night to day turn out, but it did not seem to affect Riva's energy. We had a good dressage school in the indoor after some discussion about going forward with contact in trot. After we were getting quality trot, we worked on canter. Love to work on left lead, because it is so much easier. We even managed a canter across the diagonal, maintaining left lead - with a transition to trot at X. I think that is a movement in Training Level Test 3?
My husband was with me last night sideline coaching - reminding me to keep contact, sit back, ride off the rail, etc. I had already gotten one walk to canter transition earlier - not on purpose, just a little too much leg asking for trot. So I wanted to show the husband our new move! Riva did even better than Monday nights attempts - went right in to left lead canter from walk both times I asked. Love my mare!
Hoping to get outside for a hack only this evening - bring on the sunshine!
More show pics - I have lots!