Now for the lesson report, here's hoping I can remember the stuff we worked on. First off K was great for our first lesson in forever. I changed my mind and rode her for our lesson today as tomorrow's is scheduled for the afternoon & I figured Nancy might be a better choice if there is traffic in the arena at that time. K found enough things to distract her today when she was alone in the arena ;-)
|Pre-work motivation & game face hah!
Takeaways from our inaugural lesson:
- watch my hands, keep my inside hand slightly higher and lighter than my outside rein. I really am terribly reliant on my inside rein so this will be a serious work in progress. Not mention that I ride with my hands super wide apart on Kika (no idea why, another one of my nasty habits)
- refocus her attention on me faster when she gets distracted and her head pops up.
- when riding downward transitions use my seat more and my hands less. Our trot to walk transitions were awesome once I started doing this. No more head tossing skywards - funny really when you consider i was no longer hanging off her face. Sorry mare - i know I'm a shambles.
- her canter will improve as we strengthen her back again, she finds it hard to maintain her frame. I also have to push her on a bit when we initially transition up to help her get her backside to work...or pretend to, she is renowned for avoiding using her hinney when she can.
|Post-work hot mess posing
Sorry this is a little all over the place, I had hoped that typing this out straight away on my phone would help me with the memories...Sadly a lot has again been forgotten till I get back in the tack. However there was also a lot of the usual, shoulders back, longer leg (aka heel down) & hands. S (teacher) said there was plenty good there when I said there is a lot to work on, so baby steps and maybe some day I'll ride better ☺
|Not to be left out