(the boy at an IEA show 2 years ago with a 'Varsity Open' rider)
Maybe there's the possibility that I'm FINALLY able to do a few things before year's end? God willing? I went with Susan (dressage trainer I lesson from every few months) to watch her ride in a Gigi Nutter clinic (BN dressage trainer based here in GA). I ALWAYS learn something when I watch; Gigi has this amazing eye, and a sixth sense that I imagine all the BNT's have when it comes to getting through to a particular type of rider. I FINALLY got to really watch LOTS of lateral work. Basic lateral work, which is what I need work on.
I learned that a half pass is a shoulder-in. And a haunches-in. At the same time.
I learned a pirouette is a half pass on a circle.
I love that dressage REALLY is just a progressive exercise. That's why I've had trouble trying a half pass; my horse doesn't have a very good haunches-in. My canter cue is too similar to the cue to a h-i (identical, in fact), so I need to change my canter cue. Homework! And I didn't even have to spend MONEY! Not even for GAS! This is what I love about my sport:)
I will work on a few things and take a lesson from Susan next Thursday. It's been awhile, and I feel it's time for a good booty kicking. Speaking of booty kicking, the Saturday following next Thursday I will be hauling out to Calimar for a xc lesson from Mary Bess Sigman! Yay! Now, I love dressage as much as the next person, but I'm not NEARLY as excited about my dressage lesson as I am for my xc lesson. It's been over a year; I last rode with Mary Bess last September ... that's the ONLY time I've ever had any type of xc instruction, so I hope I've come a long way and made some good progress.
Speaking of progress, here is the link to honorary little sis' blog about her ride on the Tiki Muffin:
Let's see, what's happened? Monday he had off since little sis rode him Sunday. What did I do Tuesday? Oh! Right, nothing because I went to Gigi. Duh. Yesterday I did trot sets. I haven't done them in a fairly long time, so I patted myself on the back. Dude ... my back was KILLING me. Thank goodness the pony decided not to trip and fall on his face (literally) this time. He was a teeny bit rotten, but not bad at all, yay! Slow and tiny strided at first, I popped him with my crop once or twice, and he got better. I let him stride out into a full on gallop; not a xc gallop, but a GALLOP. He actually swapped out his lead so he could "kick it in" to gear. Fun, fun, yay for nice flat pastures with good footing:)
Tomorrow I'm riding Sparky in my own Project Pony Swap, and will throw Tiki man into the dressage tack one more time for a good schooling before the IEA show this Sunday. Looking forward to seeing my red head cart around some kidlets, and excited about warming him up:)