The difference in test riding versus schooling and also the effect shows have on your horse.
|Got our ribbon from Plantation HT!!|
|How not to squeak in a movement|
C laughed and said not to worry!! What I was feeling is basically a result from all the showing and that "get it done" riding that happens there can sometimes mean training may take a few hits. Basically we are trying to teach our horse to do more self carriage and schooling at home doing all different levels, even harder, but we get in the dressage ring and we may have to help our horse out more or do some things we otherwise wouldnt do at home.
Makes sense...and my next questions was, well should I back off the shows then?
|Going all the places|
C said no...based on what she was seeing in our lesson it was nothing to stress or worry about. She actually felt the more we show, the more it will help us A) work through show day stresses and B) Get better at improvising in test riding for more correct and accurate riding - basically start trying to ride more correctly at shows and stop helping the damn horse.
Which she laughed and said Tillie is telling you she doesnt need it! I am still riding her like a green horse when she no longer is.
|Yea mom, I got this!|
So we started out warming up just showing her some of the inconsistencies I was feeling...surprise surprise (NOT) they are due to me over riding her and riding her like a baby when she doesnt need all that. Leg asks for the bend, my hands need to be suppling and that is IT - no more using my reins as much for bend. I need to keep my hands lower and closer together. No more high/wide hands which also makes her look way more downhill.
C then said she wants us to try to break through the cycle of me helping her soooo much and we did that by doing transitions within the gaits in the walk and trot. C was super excited with how large her trot extensions got and said they were definitely the best shes seen in her shoulder to date!
|Not current, but yay lengthenings!|
We also established a stronger outside rein half halt to help back Tillie off when she starts to bogg down and get too low/heavy but then following her when she does soften. KEY: Bend the elbows!
|What happens when im too straight in my arms...stiff!!!|
Again in canter, she wants me to think still in my hands and keep them low and together with BENT elbows.
By the end of the lesson it was soooo much better...and exactly the ride I needed to feel like our dressage is getting back on track.