I broke apart my dressage test and worked on changes of directions with changes of bend, and the trot to canter at X circles each way. Red was really solid in his right lead canter, but his trot work was kind of tense. He was rushing with his head up each time we came back from the canter, and he was anticipating the canter each time we made a circle. I took it really slow and stayed patient, and whenever he started to rush, I brought him back down to the walk and waited until he was going on the bit again and was giving me a good walk before asking for the trot again. Then we'd work on getting the trot relaxed and rhythmical, then we'd go on to the canter.
I worked him on the flat for about 45 minutes after warming him up, then I jumped him over a vertical three times. But not just any vertical. A 3' vertical! Woo hoo! We haven't jumped 3' in three years!
|ok, it looked more impressive in person.|
|i swear it was 3'. i measured it.|
|"stop taking my picture and let me eat my hay!"|