We have been working a lot on our down transitions and halts. Trot to walk tends to be pretty abrupt, and Cupid gets fidgety at the halt. I noticed he tends to swing his hindquarters to the right after he halts, I don't know if I'm sitting or holding the reins uneven and making him do it or if it's just his own tendency. For me I've been working on just getting more comfortable/relaxed jumping. I still jump ahead a little and let me legs swing back but it's a bit better when I'm specifically thinking about it.
Our trainer would like us to work on our fitness - doing sets of 3 minutes trot and 2 minutes canter (about twice around the large covered arena). The canter work is fun! Cupid and I are both getting used to me riding in the saddle instead of two point. I'm working on using my core and starting to play a little with increasing and decreasing Cupid's stride.
|Quick rinse after our ride - by 8am it is already pretty warm!|