Y'all know that video makes me cringe, but I am forcing myself to take it, watch it, and learn from it. So. Here's a few snap shots of where Courage and I are lately on the road to first level.
Here's day one of the clinic we did two weekends ago:
First we worked on creating suppleness and quality in the trot
Then canter in both directions
The next day (you can tell from my fabulous outfit!), we added in leg yields.
And we worked on more correct canter transitions and position.
But I can't ride in clinics all the time. This past week (wearing good luck gameday colors that did NOT pan out), I threw all of that out the window and rode poorly on my own.
In fairness, while it wasn't a great piece of riding by me (and I asked for video solely so I could get a good gameday screenshot to instagram), there are moments in the trot and canter that have some good quality. Even with whatever-it-is I'm not doing in the saddle.
It's not fantastic, but I keep reminding myself that not only does this help me progress now, but also I'm building a library for comparison for the future. Then when I feel bad about how I'm riding, I can be like "but LOOK what I used to be like in 2015". ;-)