I moved my lessons around a bit the next two weeks to accommodate some other appointments. Blasphemy, you say? A life out side of horses?! I know, it’s crazy talk. But it worked out well, and I’m actually taking my first two private lessons on Mr. Miles, the first of which was last night.
I had a lot I wanted to discuss and work on, so we started out on the flat. We did some trot work, focusing on bending and giving in to contact. I’ve been working a lot on these two subjects with Miles since I bought him, but I wanted to make sure we were on the right track. We also worked on adjusting the canter by lengthening and then galloping down the long side, and collecting back for a large circle at either end of the arena.
- So far, the bending is coming along fabulously; we just need to keep at it.
- The concept of giving is also going well; but we need to be more consistent at the trot before introducing the topic at the canter.
- Circles are my friend, especially at the walk and trot!
- I need to practice adjusting within my gaits, especially at the canter. Miles and I need to figure out how much rein vs how much leg is needed.
If I approach a jump and don’t start looking for a distance until I’m at five strides out, I won’t see one until I’m three strides out. But if I start looking for a distance while I’m still in the corner, I will begin to see it five or six strides because I’m looking actively looking for a distance sooner.After a few times through the line, which did get better for the most part, we moved on to a single vertical. Here, I worked on seeing a distance farther out. Usually, I see a distance two to three strides out; trainer would like me to see a distance at four or five strides out. To begin to work on this, she said I need to start looking for a distance farther back: