September 6, 2011
I worked with Jackson for about an hour. The air was cool and it was a nice day to work. I warmed Jackson up and then did a little training of piaffe in hand. I was very happy with his progress. I have been trying more piaffe/trot and piaffe/back (in piaffe)/trot transitions and I think it has helped. Thoughts?
Then I went and did some work on my seat. I have been trying to correct my posture and hold my shoulders back more. My stirrups were too short, again… However, I felt that I was a bit better. I was alternating between trying to keep my shoulders back, chin up, heels down, and posting correctly. I am sure I had limited success, but It felt better.
I also kept working at the walk to help find Jackson’s “natural circle” . I think that this is helping me to help Jackson to bend. I am having to learn to use my seat to help him bend and stay on a small circle, without using the reins. Going back and watching the video, I can see times when I collapse my body to the inside. I will try to stay more upright.