I had my last few lessons a little earlier so I can get to work earlier, which means I have to ride in the outside arena since they drag the covered arena at this time. The outside arena is now set up as a dressage court, and no jumping allowed so we did flatwork. Cupid gets a little tired in the deep sand, and sometimes stumbles a little with his hind legs.
Today I finally had a little breakthrough with not letting Cupid ignore me when he wants to be lazy. We did our walk warmup, then we went on a 20 meter circle and up to trot my trainer told me right away to get as big a trot as I can out of him. Get where I feel like I need to slow him down. So I clucked and squeezed and Cupid was trotting fairly big. Once he got going I didn't have to do much for him to stay there. We shortened the trot a few strides then back into a big trot a few times. First to the left, then to the right. After that Cupid was very responsive the rest of the lesson, and didn't ignore me when I asked him to pick up a trot again, and when we did trot he was moving out nice.
We cantered on a 20 meter circle both directions, with me focusing on keeping the contact when I ask for the transition, and then sitting up. Also I continued working on bending my elbows and keeping my hands closed. Then we did a little leg yielding at a trot from the quarter line back to the rail. We worked on making sure we were straight before we start the leg yield. Cupid was good, a little better moving off the right leg.
|Outdoor ring - this is a few weeks old when I still needed a jacket!|