December 10, 2010
Okay, it was warm enough to saddle up today. I wanted to work more on getting Jackson to collect up using my body and not the reins so much. Jackson had a lot of go forward today. I didn’t get quite the same feel as the last time I rode him, but there were a couple of times when I felt a change. Like at about 1:58 in this video:
I was trying to sit up straight, look upward, open my upper body, lift and push up with the reins, and lightly close my legs. I am still working on my feel, but I think that we will get it with practice. I still look down too much, but I think that, slowly, I am improving.
I have been riding without stirrups as well. I have felt much better balanced.
Jackson wanted to canter a lot. He had a very nice, relaxed canter most of the day. I made sure not to be pulling on his face and to keep the inside rein mostly loose. This did seem to help.
I asked for a lead change (bad timing I think) and he didn’t change right away, we counter canter a few strides, I asked again, and this time he changed. Not great, but I still learning.
The most fun for me, was the liberty training. I had it in my mind to teach him to do flying changes at liberty, so when he cantered toward me on the right lead, I tried to match him and then cue for a change. It worked! Not sure how, but it worked. Because I was watching for it, I clicked right away, gave him a “Jackpot”, and then called it quits.