Friday was our saddle adjustment appt with Sara Ivie of County Saddles. I last had it adjusted in May and we were definitely ready for another appt. I had noticed the last several weeks that my saddle was shifting to the left and forward. I have scoliosis with my curve mainly in the lower back so I naturally have more weight in my left seat bone. I work hard to compensate for this and always try to keep in my mind - weight in the right stirrup.
Lesson Nov. 24th after saddle adjustment:
Saturday morning was my lesson with JC at her barn so no sleeping in for us - in order to make it on time for my 8:30 am lesson, we have to leave our house at 6 am...early cold start to our day. Oh, but it was worth it! I had the most fun, productive, exhausting lesson yet :)
After a brief warm up and discussing what has been going on since I was there last, JC decided to try draw reins on Riva for our lesson. I know some people are very opposed to draw reins, but never having used them, I had no opinion one way or the other. They were strange at first and took some getting used to, with much instruction from JC.
Lex rode in the lesson with me on Larimo - the horse she showed this summer and earned two scores towards her Bronze medal in Level 2 and Level 3. Riva had to move out to keep up with Larimo, which was great - she really feeds off other horses energy and Larimo has plenty!
We did some walk / trot / canter transition exercises -JC had us walk along the long side and then walk a 5 meter circle back to the wall, then trot off. The other exercise was to trot the long side, trot a 10 meter circle back to the wall, then canter in the corner. We also worked on leg yield from the quarter line and shoulder in, in trot, along the long sides.
The other canter / trot exercise was to canter in the first corner of the short side, across the diagonal at the next corner, canter 6 strides on the diagonal to X, then transition to trot while turning on a half circle the other direction (concentrating on pushing the hind quarters out on the half circle). Riva really liked this exercise.
We finished up with some trot extension on the diagonal - of which on one of them, JC said 'I believe you are getting some extension!' and then medium canter on the long side. Now Larimo, who we were following in our lesson, has competed up to Grand Prix - this horse can move. So Riva and I had to really step in up to keep up - and it was a blast! She was light and up and moving faster than I have ever went - it was a rush!
Wonderful husband took a few videos and many, many pictures:
Alexis got to show off her Tempi changes while Riva and I were cooling down:
Sunday was a nice ride outside just before a lovely November sunset - peaceful and pretty. I am stretching these outside rides as long as possible.