To work on the issue of Bobby's cracked out gerbil brain at home, today I pulled out the draw reins and we headed up to the outdoor.
|working on no llamas last summer.|
To start with we alternated between a working trot with half halts to get him sitting on his butt instead of dragging his toes, lengthenings down the long side, and leg yields. The arena was sectioned off to measure out a large dressage ring for a rider that had a dressage show last weekend, so I worked on parts of our test.
Our dressage judge for the show told me that Bobby almost leg yields out on a circle when coming to the canter depart and I need to work on keeping him straighter. I can feel him drift out, but I guess I've just been ignoring it. We had several discussions about my outside leg pressing against his side not meaning "ignore the canter cue" or "pick up the wrong lead" or "throw a shit fit because you have to stay straight". Eventually we got it sorted out, but it's going to be something we need to keep working on.
It wasn't a breathtaking dressage school by any means, but the problems were worked through as they came up and we moved on instead of constantly fighting each other. If he can just learn to keep his focus while outside, we'd be in good shape. Tomorrow I'm going to longe him in side reins and see if we can have a polite school outside without the draw reins.
He's staying in tonight because his shoes are desperate to part ways with his feet and I don't want them getting ripped off before the farrier gets out tomorrow morning.