Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Online Session

This afternoon, a L3/4 friend came out to give me an online coaching session.

We went out into the large field with Guinness on the 22' line, and Cody's owner as a spectator.

Things we noticed (as compared to our previous session a month ago):
  • he was unconcerned about the other horses
  • his backing has improved
  • his send with rhythm has lots of energy - but he switches between the higher gaits (canter/trot)
  • his Figure 8 is much improved
Things to practice:
  • 4 laps circling, without stopping, at consistent gait
  • weave at distance
  • influencing Zone 1 from Zone 3/4/5 using carrot stick

After our session, I rode a little in the roundpen with one rein and a carrot stick.

Things to work on:
  • lateral flexion with the carrot stick
  • stopping using the rail for support
  • not squeezing to ask for "go" (he leaps!)
It was very informative and lots of fun!

I'm hoping to get back to the indoor arena this Thursday and Friday mornings.

PS - Isn't this the cutest painting? Click on the image to go to the artist's blog!

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