March 1, 2017
Yesterday we finished February off in fantastic style, another session with Hannah. We caught up on what we had been doing in the last 6 weeks, change of bit, online results, lessons with Bea and what our plans are for March.
Started off in trot on both reins and into 10m circles at each letter, concentrating on turning from the outside to keep the straightness and not allow the shoulders to escape. We then went into 10m circle to Leg Yield to 10m circle down the long sides.
We then went into canter right lead, first transition spot on, after that i couldn’t ride them for toffee!! Frustrating to say the least…. so we went onto a small circle and asked for LY out before asking for the transition, legs in a muddle and whilst asking for LY right leg was going back with left leg staying at girth, hey presto……….wrong canter lead!! Keep right leg at girth to LY, left leg back and ask for canter, Hurrah! Left hand must be close to neck to stop shoulder skipping out and putting us on wrong lead. We had a few toys out of pram moments from Cash, on reflection pure frustration at me for riding like a sack of spuds!
We then worked on trot gears, coming back to walk as well as shortening and lengthening whilst keeping the same rhythm. Keeping him forward thinking and stepping under consistently.
Back into canter, this time on the left lead, our easy transition rein but consequently Cash overbends to the inside and works with his quarters in (very banana like) so we worked on flexing to the outside but as per our lesson with Bea this resulted in him changing leads! We then tried shallow loops as a way to change flexion but again changes….. so we changed tactics and rode the corner A to F before going up the school diagonally to C, keeping the shoulders, riding with hands a pair and again turning from the outside, we then repeated the exercise C round to H and diagonal to A. The last couple of times we did the exercise it felt really good, flowing, smooth and supple. We then took the canter large, keeping outside leg at the girth to stop the shoulders running through towards the fence.
Really positive feedback from Hannah, happy with the bit change, everything is looking a lot more supple and together, trot work is good, just need to work on the canter to bring that up to the trot standard in terms of rhythm and straightness. For me i need to keep my right shoulder back and open and keep my right wrist up!
Fleece and saddlecloth from Equissentials Dressage
Gloves and Breeches from Dublin UK