Radar is the best little lesson horse. <3 He gave his little heart out for the Pony Clubbers today (one of the kids even got a left-lead canter out of him!), and still had the steam to power through my lesson. A little saint, he is.
I was more relaxed today than I have been riding (definitely not a natural rider, me). My thighs were a bit tense at first, but after dropping the stirrups and lengthening my thigh, everything kind of went into their proper places without much fuss. Thanks, muscle memory.
I’m still struggling to get the toes on my left foot to lift instead of press down, but that’s something that will smooth over with time and practice. And lots of fun with a resistance band.
I didn’t feel at all clench-y, though I didn’t notice this at first until it was pointed out to me during the canter. I could shift my legs a little bit back and forth and my knees up and down without feeling like I needed to cling to the saddle. And I’m
not almost never scared to canter any more, at least not on Radar. Progress! Now, if only I could ask for canter without grabbing the pommel of the saddle to get my seat down. >_>
Sweet bby Radar’s trot was massively pleasing today. Long, bouncy strides and a lifted back made for a super smooth sitting trot experience. And he doesn’t need to be pushed too much any more for a decent trot from the get-go, which is a relief for my legs. It helps that he’s stopped checking up on me to see if I “mean it.” My abs are sore, though, heh.
Note to self: Oblique crunches are your friend. Start ASAP.
Left-lead canter was much more balanced than last week. And he made it a couple of circles before puttering out! A few wrong leads to start, but his canter depart wasn’t shifty at all. I really hope he continues to improve, knock on wood.
Sudden realization that I’ve spent nine months on the lunge-line now, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. :) Now, why didn’t my first riding instructors do this with me to start?