Not that there's anything wrong with dressage on Wednesdays.
And speaking of efficient, Crazy Longe Lady told me I was super efficient yesterday. "You never look like you're going fast, but you're always so efficient with how you move around the barn!" Listen, Crazy Longe Lady, it's called not being a total fucking nut bag. That's my fucking secret. Now get your bat shit crazy self out of the ring while I try to ride my dressage tests.
stealing crazy longe lady's horse's hay.
On Monday, I knew I wanted start working on cleaning up Bobby's changes during every dressage school. Do I plan on showing Third this year? Bitch, please. However, I'd like to get them smoothed out so they're more acceptable while we're trapped inside doing nothing else particularly exciting this winter, and then much further down the line I won't have to worry about them. Plus it gives me something to do when I'm finding riding around on the flat a little bit boring.
So after warming Bobby up, I took him across the diagonal and asked for the R-L first since he's pretty automatic that direction. Instead, he completely ignored me and continued cantering on the right lead. To be fair, I did keep correcting him after the last time we were counter cantering about switching over.
But to actually break it down, while I knew I needed to get him moving forward, I wasn't getting him forward enough. He got a little frazzled when he failed to get the L-R, so we took a break and schooled the half pass a little bit. We only started learning that last year, and then abandoned it when Bobby got hurt over the summer, so while he technically does it, it's not particularly pretty. Add it to the list of fun things to work on!
|look how excited he is to learn stuff!|
I interspersed some stretchy trot in with working a little more collected and doing some rein backs before coming back to the canter. This time around, Bobby had way more umph in his step. I still felt like I had to lift him up with my legs and heft his ass over into the R-L change, but he got it cleanly. For the L-R--always his worse direction--he was actually moving even more forward and that change was an absolute breeze. I heaped the praise on him as we took a walk break and snuck him some candy.
Just like in jumping, I have to force myself to be more aware of my pace. Collected work does not mean slow work. He's got to be super engaged and active to nail these movements, and it's on me to manage that. He's more than happy to jog along for me if that's what I want, but he'll also step out if I just ask for it.
Of course, then we went back to the trot afterwards to get some muscle conditioning in on that uphill carriage, and we pretty much just plunked along until Bobby spooked at BM walking into the ring. That woke both of us up and he went back to work with a lot more forward to his trot which naturally made it that much better. We finished with some A+ stretchy trot.
|i was admiring how sexy his topline is getting and i thought, "surely this must carry over|
to pictures because you are soooo muscly right now!" it didn't. obviously. #bobbyproblems
I was going to make this one long dressage post, but it was getting really long, so I'm going to break it into two parts. MOAR BORING DRESSAGE RECAPS!