July 28, 2010
I worked with Jackson for a little over an hour. I rode in the bitless bridle and I tried out the other English saddle. I did like that saddle a little better, but I still felt that it put me in a little bit of a chair position, though perhaps that is just me.
I started out doing lateral work at the walk. I did shoulder in and haunches in. He did do better today than last time. I didn’t do any of that at the trot this time. I did a few walk pirouettes for a quarter turn.
Then I did some work at the trot, trying to get Jackson to stretch down. He did a little bit. Then I did some canter work; not anything exciting. Then when I slowed down to the trot, he had a hard time lifting his back and going forward. It ended up that I just stopped for a couple of minutes and then tried again and that worked.
Then I asked my brother to come take a video. I did quite a bit of trotting. I really tried to keep my elbows in, shoulders back, and head up. I think that sometimes it was okay, but it was hard to post in that saddle.
Is my position any better? Do I need to try other saddles or just learn to balance in that one?