Sunday, February 5, 2012

Listen to your pony!

I waited until it was twilight last night to ride due to the heat. I could Sam wasn't into the whole training thing but we have our training day next weekend so we still need to practice. We started out with a lot of walk, long and low, stretching, moving the shoulders and hindquarters, I was trying to help supple him up a little more being that he wasn't in the mood. Up into trot and the groaning started! Sam was actually groaning! We did a few quick walk/trot transitions to help wake him up - nope more groaning!

I decided not to push the point and we went out for a hack in the reserve. That perked him up. Sam trotted out nicely, very forward but listening, I got him to stretch his back and his little ears were forward and he was having a great time. We hacked out for about 40min and when we got home I popped back onto the arena to make sure it helped. Yep he was still lovely and forward and we did two canter transitions both directions. They were great so i left it there.

I felt there was no need to push him in the arena. He worked well out on the trail and did as asked in the arena at the end. I think he also appreciated the fact that we finished there.

So listen to your pony!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

By George I think We've Got It!

By George I think We've Got It!

Sam and I have been working on transitions, flexion and canter transitions. I have been riding! When I saw that I mean I am not just sitting on board and hoping for the best I have been riding and thinking about what we are doing.

With the training day coming up I have been practicing parts of the tests. Usually I canter after I have him really soft and round and forward on a 20m circle and if need be doing a 10m circle and cantering from that - helps with the flexion and bend. But today we practiced canter in the corner. He did really well! To the right he wasn't quite as rigid and stiff and to the left he didn't leap anywhere near as high - as long as I really tried to keep him relaxed.

Things are falling into place and for the first time in my riding life I can feel the improvement and I feel like I am doing an OK job!!!!! It does help that I have a wonderful pony!!!!!