Guess who’s back to work today? My favorite stoner pony, RADAR!
And for the lesson, he was surprisingly not as stoner-like. His lesson workload has been cut in half, so that may be why.
CIRCLES. We did so many, just to get the hang of steering again. Also, size control with spiraling in and out. Radar will try to drag you to the rail, and if you let him, the battle’s already been lost - you won’t get him off of it. So yeah, keep your outside aids strong and steady when you feel him trying to drift.
We tried alternating sitting and rising during the circle - sitting during the “dangerous” part of the circle (near the rail where Radar might be tempted to pull away) and rising during the “safe” part. When rising, giving an extra push to your posting to prevent being slightly left-behind.
He’s getting pretty attuned to my seat. Like, you wouldn’t think he’s as aware and alert as he is while working, but he is. It’s why, if he feels he has a less-than-confident rider on his back, he won’t bother with more than the absolute minimum (and if you’ve ridden him before, you’d know his absolute minimum is barely shuffling). It took me about a year, but I guess we’ve come to an understanding. :) It helps that he prefers being off the line, haha.
Radar can balance himself if you half-halt him only once or twice. Which is kind of a relief after the long continuous half-halt-5 seconds later-half-halt that is riding Mona (she is still super fun to ride, though, such a sweetheart). He does need to be picked up before canter, though.
Guess who managed two left-leads today? STONER PONY. So, hopefully, that means he’s on his way to getting that back. I’m so happy that I got even one left-lead canter today (was told not to expect it). The second time it happened, I was just putting on a little extra pressure, and he just hopped to it! Good boy! ♥
And in other news, I’ve figured out that it’s Radar’s saddle giving me chafing/blisters near the back of my thigh - not my breeches or underwear. It’s his giant freakin’ saddle. -_- Nothing to be done about it, I guess.
Note to self: Place both billets through saddle pad - one in and one out makes his already huge saddle pad slip behind. Tuck the pad velcro strap under saddle flap.