Rosey has been pretty good the past couple of rides :)
Sunday we did a short ride. Warmed up W/T/C both directions, and practiced a couple of canter transitions to the right. We popped over the x-rail a few times going to the left. Because of slippery footing on one side, and deep footing on the other we had to approach it at an angle. Luckily Rosey will jump anything from any angle so this has never been an issue. I had to work on really sitting up and waiting for the jump.
I cantered her at the vertical a couple of times too and she did a really great job. We were mostly taking deep spots (my fault, I just was having a hard time with my strides) but she did a great job getting up and over the jump. We went to the right and took the x-rail at an angle again. She landed in a lovely canter, so I sat her up and kept my leg on and did a rollback to the vertical. She took it beautifully so I called it a night.
(please excuse my eq in this photo… She really rounded her back up over this jump and it took me by surprise.)
Today she started really wound up. I carried a crop because last time I rode she just wouldn’t get off my leg. I don’t even have to touch her with the crop, I just have to carry it, but she went to the other extreme. She was super super forward and not wanting to settle down. I ended up using a lot of leg to push her into my hands for the half-halts, and this seemed to help. We had to go back and do some downward transitions too in order to get her brakes back. I also did a few canter transitions to the right and ended up with one really nice one, but I didn’t want to make the canter the focus of our ride so we moved on.
We worked on a couple of grids. First was a smaller one for warm-up. X-rail (one stride) Cavalletti (one stride) X-rail.
She hesitated a little and stuttered through it the first time, but after that she was golden. I had to focus on really sitting deep and not getting ahead of her, and pushing my heels down through the entire grid. It actually felt pretty good and was nice to be able to work on myself as well as her.
Then we moved up to the “big” grid. The “big” grid was X-rail (one stride) Cavalletti (one stride) 2’3” Vertical:
We trotted in a handful of times and then cantered in. She was fantastic and she really seemed to enjoy the grids. I’m hoping to put a flat ride on her next. Thursday the vet comes out, so I probably won’t get to ride, so I’m aiming for Friday. Hopefully the “good ride” trend will continue!!