The object of the exercise was to get Riva to shoulder in over the ground pole. I had to think first to move her shoulder over, then her hanches over - inside leg to outside rein. We did this at walk and then later at trot without the ground pole. Riva got the movement much easier to the right - to the left was a battle of wills. She could not understand that she had to move the left leg over so the right leg could move over.
We also worked canter and trot - keeping the connection, increasing to medium canter and extended trot.
I need blue gloves and a blue helmet cover to satisfy the eventer wanna be in me!
Still working on keeping my shoulders back in canter.
Every gait improved after the pole exercise. It really helped with separating Riva's front and back end and she was much more supple and steady in the connection.
Alexis was called in to ride in the lesson with me once again. Riva even got to be the 'steady eddie' horse and walk between the pole and the arena wall a few times to prove to Alexis's horse that the pole was not a horse eating monster :)
Wanted to add a big thank you to the bloggers who left me such kind comments on my last post! I appreciate all of you!
Show this Saturday - hoping the weather Gods will be nice to me.