January 21, 2011
I have not ridden a week or so (sorry, Jackson!), but the weather was nice and the new fallen snow beckoned. I saddled him up (so I could do rising trot) and I warmed him up at the walk and by free lunging in the round pen.
I worked on getting him to lower his head, but he was very distractible. The snowmobiles were going past a lot, my dad was plowing the driveway, and my brother was right there moving some round pen panels, Jackson kept putting his head up.
My goal was just to work on lower his head and engaging the hind end. I have no idea what he was doing, but his trot was very big at times. Hopefully, you guys can watch the video and give me your thoughts. It did give me time to work on slowing the “up” of the rising trot (like I read in Heather’s book). I think I started to get the idea, but my posting still looks horrible! I think my stirrups were too short. I also tried Heather’s idea of closing the buttocks and thighs for downward transitions.
I tried to keep Jackson from going too fast, but he just got so BIG in the trot that it was all I could do to try to post softly (which I failed at a lot of the time).