What he have been struggling a bit with is him being behind my leg - which is part of the reason why we haven't been cantering as much, because I don't want to practice sloppy transitions where I have to chase him into it. Usually he's good about midway through a ride, but it starts out pretty poky. The weather has been quite warm, and Cupid hasn't been clipped so I think that contributes to it but of course is not an excuse. So I'm trying to be more clear about expectations and not settle for less, and make sure that starts during warm up. Part of that is just intent on my part (I get lazy too!), making sure I'm not blocking him with my seat, and being firm when needed instead of just nagging throughout. Transitions within gaits and leg yielding are good exercise to get him listening.
|Enjoying some sunshine and what's left of the grass|
We've been doing a lot of 20 meter circle with 10 meter half circles inside to change direction. We've also been doing a 20 meter circle, with a 10 meter circle to the inside, then shoulder fore coming out of the smaller circle a few steps, then straighten a bit and increase the trot. We've also been doing a 3 loop serpentine with a 10 meter circle figure-8 as we cross the centerline. All this at the trot - like I said we've been doing a lot of trotwork! Cupid's work ethic has been super lately, once we get warmed up anyways. He likes to figure out what we're doing and seems quite keen to get it right, so I just need to be clear and consistent!