October 17, 2011
I worked with Jackson today for about an hour. I did some long reining, but I think that Jackson and I are just getting confused about that. I think I am asking too much and he is trying too hard!
I also wanted to ride in saddle that Julie lent me. I rode without stirrups again, just for fun. I did a little lateral work. I was just messing around with something I had heard about.
Jackson seems much happier about lifting his back in this saddle. He seemed to engage much more easily in the trot. I asked for that long low swinging trot he can do and then I tried to ask for “up.” I am not sure, but I think Jackson gave me more suspension, but I do not think it was collection. It was at the end of the first trot on the video.
Michael Stevens sent me an article about how to ride the canter. I have only practiced three times as we were gone for a week. As I watch the video, I can see where I managed to get it right (I think), but then I have to focus on Jackson and I go back to pumping with my upper body. Hopefully, as I do that more and more, I will get the hang of it.
I worked on walk-canter-walk transitions. I think that they helped.