Inflation and Staying In the Middle
|"I do the fancy prancing, you hand over the treats."|
Literally forward, since the lack of forward is what's been the most consistent comment on our tests.
Creating more energy in Dino has been the theme of our partnership for years, so as always I continue to try and find new and exciting ways to make that happen. So far, so good, and I've noticed improvements especially in the canter work, which has become a lot more self-sustaining as I make the effort to focus on cantering more and longer in schooling, trying to make my body feel like Charlotte Dujardin's looks, as well as adapting both Dino and I to the hot and humid summer weather. Since our last show, it's become a lot easier to do a full workout in the heat without either of us feeling like we're going to die. Jumping and trail riding have also helped tune up the Go Button, as has working on the lengthenings.
Speaking of the leg yield, the biggest difficulties I'm having in that movement are getting enough sideways off the left leg, as well as keeping the whole darn thing straight. I got some great advice from a few blogger friends (thanks Karen and Austen!) and while it's not perfect, it's definitely improving! A big part of it has been keeping the outside rein very strong, but bouncy enough in the elbow not to shut down the forward. I got several good steps in both directions in our schooling over the past few days, and having the mirrors in the indoor definitely help, but it's far from consistent at this point! Dressage is hard, y'all.
|What a rockstar.|
It was absolutely the highlight of my week!
We've got some lessons and shows coming up over the next couple weeks, and I'm eager to see what we can learn and improve on in that time.