May 24, 2011
I worked with Jackson at liberty. In the round pen, we worked on piaffe, waltz (spinning), and a little ballancer. The waltzes didn’t go any better than the other day, but that is fine. We will just keep working on them. The piaffe was okay, I was glad to get a few steps again and to be able to reward for them. I think Jackson will get it with practice.
Then we went into the pasture and just did a little circling work, just for fun.
I rode without stirrups. I probably should have ridden without stirrups then with the stirrups, but I was short on time. I just did walk, trot, and canter. I felt like both legs stayed underneath me about the same. At the trot, I experimented with trying to loosen my back up somewhat, so it might look weird. I don’t know if it worked.
At the Canter, I tried to keep my upper body more still, but not getting stiff. I tried to use my pelvis and hips more. Let me know if what I was doing was good or bad.