So the past week I’ve been at camp and its been really amazing. for the first time in my life ive had 3-4 consecutive rides on a horse where I’ve just been able to work on them. one small problem after another.
Day 1- My first time on him, the big issue: drifting off the rail in transitions and around the corners/short side. Then we worked on circling and he would grab the bit and stop bending/turning. so we worked on that for a solid 45 minutes and got that fixed.
Day 2- just rode for like 15 min in a mock lesson and I figured out he totally rushes fences.
Day 3- Last night. I started riding and worked on the consistency of the trot and then started cantering figure eights and realized that altho he can occasionally get his changes (he got one) he was charging through the diagonals. so instead I worked on simple changes and at first it was really bad and i had to totally stop him and back him up because he just grabbed the bit and ran. but then we started to work on the simple changes. he really didnt get it at first. his downwards transitions were very abrupt and backwards instead of him stepping into the trot he would kind of just fall out of the canter. by the end it wasnt perfect but it was sooooo much better.
Day 4- today we worked on the rushing fences bc the trainer was there so we could jump. we started at the trot. when he cantered i would halt him and back him up. and then we started to get it so i would canter until like 5 strides away and then trot the fence again. Then we started cantering the fence and the first couple times we just halted after but a few times in and he was superr. It could have been him just getting tired but it was getting so much better.
Its been really awesome jsut being able to work with one horse like this :)