I took Donovan for a dressage lesson with Mike Garman today. We are trying to get him to sit and carry himself more at the moment so that the lateral movements are then much easier, in canter this is quite easy but in trot not so much especially on the left rein where he likes to fall out onto his right shoulder and lean! He has such a powerful big trot that we are trying to teach him to keep his shoulders up in a smaller trot and then gradually up the tempo. Things are gradually improving and when it’s good, it’s brilliant! I have decided not to enter BD next weekend but to spend the money on another lesson instead as want to be really ready to get good marks when go out and start Medium. I am also going to try riding him in the double bridle just to see if this helps.
We worked Flicka again this afternoon with Mum lunging then long reining her in the round pen – next step long reining in arena. At the end I got on again and we walked round for the first time (still on the lunge rein) until she totally relaxed. She was very well behaved apart from one little spook. We are very impressed with how she is working with the long reins on – exciting!
Lastly today Dad and I took the home made “Shoulder brush” into place in the jumping paddock on a 5 stride related distance from the new log courtesy of the bog old Conifer that had to be cut down last week. All ready for Ali and I to try out. Todd has already tried it – see pic!