Today's post is about two things mainly...whipping my leg (heels down) into shape and whips left on the ground throughout the property.
First off, I arrived as usual and got set up in the indoor arena for tacking Willy up. There was a whip on the ground and a few piles of horse poop that someone didn't clean up. Uge. If the rules are to clean up after your horse in the common areas of the property why do none of the Youth Ranch kids do it?
In the arena I got Willy into a trot, not quite the BIG trot but that was fine. I worked on keeping my toes in and heels down. I glanced at my feet a few times to make sure they were doing what I wanted since I didn't have an instructor on the ground to help me out. It sure was a work out as I worked hard to stretch down into my heel and also squeezing to keep Willy moving on. Finally I decided to move on and just play around the property.
I did some more trots, and also a walk serpentine up one side of the big arena. Then I did a couple canters. I think Laurie is right it's that big trot that scares me and gets me tense before the canter...and then I guess it takes a lot of will power afterwards to relax again back into the sweet canter stride. I've worked with Willy a bit to get him to transition to the canter from not such a big, fast trot. I'm able to stay relaxed better since he's not doing that huge trot and making me tense up. I love the canter and Willy does have a nice one when he doesn't try to kick into high gear and gallop up the hills! He seemed very content and responsive after working at the trot in the arena so he was happy to canter in a nice rocking horse sort of way.