|Sun not completely up before the Simon clinic|
I had to come down off my "clinic high" and get back to doing fundamentals. Thursday was a dressage day, and he worked very well. I did lots of 20m circles, lots of shallow serpentines working on wrapping around my legs, and trotted him several times around a "circle of death" of poles. I reversed direction over the 3 cavaletti trot rails, and first time through he did knock them, as usual. I threw in LOTS of downward transitions, and lots of lateral work. Our canter work felt VERY forward, but I kept him in hand, and he ended up well.
Friday I decided to walk hills, but I put on the draw reins to do so. We worked UP, down, halt, back, back up and repeat. He was a little reluctant to go FORWARD, but I got him there. I decided to work him for a few minutes in the flat part of his pasture up by the back fence. Historically, he's BAD right there. He's not focused, the cars make him crazy, and he tries to be a wiggle worm. But ... I've never ridden him up there in draw reins. He felt GOOD, he was straight, and I had a lovely w/t/c both directions. I even asked for a r to l lead change, and he threw it out there cleanly! He felt superb in the draw reins, I'm glad I decided to slap them on.
LR is going to do some good dressage work tomorrow, and then I plan to do some low gymnastics on Monday. Only 2 weeks from our clinic with Paul McRea!