|From a few weeks ago|
S, who gave us a few dressage lessons last summer, kept getting after me to pick my thumbs up and keep my hands together.
Believe it or not, this is a much improved shot of our progress. My hands are almost above his withers and my thumbs are almost up. In fairness, connection is hard for Cuna and we are still in the beginning stages, but still.
This extends to our jumping as well--when I need to half halt or collect after a fence, I'd go low and wide with my hands and use an ineffectual pulley rein. Cuna would plow around on the forehand and just get longer.
Anyways, in our last lesson, we had a tight course of related jumps and I HAD to be able to half halt effectively coming towards home. After a couple of failed attempts, Steph finally told me to "lift my hands and use them together". I made it my goal, even if I did nothing else right.
You know what? He collected and his energy came up, setting us up perfectly for the final jump. Interesting.
|Because I love this shot|
HE TROTTED AND KEPT HIS ENERGY UP.
Steph laughed when I told her my "ground breaking" discovery, but I'm excited to apply it in our lesson today.