Got myself much more together today! Radar was really testing me (not in any insolent way - just.. seeing how much I’d let him get away with), so we worked on closing any holes in my aids. Had to get him square between my legs and hands, and ride straight down the quarterline, and make a solid turn in which he doesn’t fall in. Lots of whip hand switching, so I’m thinking of holding a whip in each hand next time to save time.
I think I’m starting to get the feeling of correct head-to-the-wall leg-yield. Gotta concentrate on feeling just the hind moving under me. Outside rein has to lack any and all openings, and be used for a checking half-halt. Inside rein should NOT be too much - just enough to see the corner of his eye. Inside leg is pulsing gently, but not so much you’re pushing to the outside. You should still be traveling in a straight line. And once you get two or three good steps, pat, straighten, and move on to the turn.
We tried it with rising trot, sitting trot, and of course, walk. Rising trot had some issues with him taking the opportunity during the upbeat to try to force his way back to the rail, but that got fixed after I tidied up my outside aids. Yeah, definitely want to try a whip in each hand. I nearly dropped it on the switch, and caught it at the last minute at the cost of Radar’s attention, lol.
We backed off the exercise once I got the gist of it (and Radar was paying attention agian), and gave canter a try. Right lead was fine, as always. He seemed a little quicker to pick up on it, and picked up on my directions very well! Left-lead is.. a completely different story. Like always. It’s hard to figure out when he’s offering, and when I do figure it out, it’s too late to ask, and he’s already shifted his balance so he ends up on his right lead. FFFFFFFF.
After that, we worked on keeping his forwardness up during rising trot, and changing directions across the diagonal. Some trot-walk-trot transitions got him a little more reactive to the aids, which was nice.
….still considering whether I should try out another instructor…. it occurs to me that after leaving Santa Cruz and Jec, this instructor was the very first I tried, and after that, I didn’t try any other instructor in the area because the rates were reasonable and she was open to doing lunge-lessons and had suitable lesson horses (that you didn’t need to lease separately). I didn’t really bother trying out other instructors because I felt her teaching fit my needs at that time. And again, the whole available lesson horse thing. WHAT TO DO. (there’s a PC eventer instructor person in the area that I’m considering, but alkdjflkasdjflasdjf this feels so much like cheating)
Note to self: Instructor away from Oct 26-Nov 2 - email work schedule on Monday.