March 18, 2015
Trotting it Out
Sunday was a great day for riding. I arrived at the barn intent on getting some groundwork done and some riding. We started in the round pen and I mad the observation that Dani has forgotten to turn in when I step and back. We'll have to work on it some more and this spring get other ground work done. She didn't have too much silliness but I didn't want her completely full of energy.
Next I tacked her up and went into the arena. We worked on trotting mostly. I have a hard time rating her, too much rein and I have a fight or a walking horse. I'm trying to work on my seat to get her to slow to a medium trot. It'd be nice to be able to sit her trot and towards the end of the ride we had a couple successes. I want to get her a little less tense at the trot.
I know her being tense can make me tense and I tried as hard as I could to reduce mine but it's sure hard with such a forward flamboyant trotting mare! She also has sudden departures. I ask for the trot and she sort of lurches into the gait.
Next time: working on smoother transition and good rating of the trot using my seat mostly. I haven't had much success even at the walk with getting her to lower her head. I can work on that too and hopefully get that transferred to the trot once I succeed.
Hosed off a sweaty mare (legs mainly) and then went home to "hose" myself off in a warm bubble bath. Love those lazy sundays!