February 13, 2010
I got Jackson out for about an hour. First
we did some liberty stuff. Then I rode him
bareback and bridleless. He again did really
well bridleless. Much better than I have
ever done with him.
Then I tacked him up. I wanted to work on
his trot by using endo tapping. I wanted to
try to get a bigger trot. I also wanted to
continue our work on the canter. I of course
warmed him up at the walk. Then I rode him a
bunch at the trot, working to have him get a
bigger stride and lift the base of his neck.
I think it worked, but I am not sure. He
definitely got the bigger trot. I should
have shortened the stirrups so I could post
so I wasnít pounding his back, but I didnít.
I will plan on doing that next time.
I also did some work at the canter. I wish I
could do straight lines, but I donít have
much room to ride in because of the ice. So,
I am stuck with working on circles until the
weather is warmer. I will say I was much
happier with how he cantered today. I tried
to pay attention to where my body was, which
hip was weighted, and all that, but it was
hard to do that and focus on training.
I believe I had him doing a little bit of a
canter pirouette to the left. So cool! One
of my other brothers came down to take a
video, but Jackson didnít do a very good
pirouette, but you can see his trot and
canter. I would love some feedback on
whether he is rounding, lifting the base of
his neck, or doing anything worthwhile. I
still have a very hard time seeing that
November 20, 2013