Now that I can get the haunches in at the canter, i thought I’d try a real Counter-Canter with her. Last time I tried (last year), I couldn’t control the shoulders and haunches well enough to keep her on the lead.
I was only going to try doing a bendy line from B to the far corner , but she was so easy to steer from my seat that I thought I’d go for a half circle in counter-canter.
Check out how it went (you may want to mute the sound):
She got unbalanced on the last part of the half-circle, but not bad overall for a beginning.
The left lead counter-canter wasn’t going as well. A little too weak and unbalanced to hold it around a full circle, so I’ll have to work on that. However, really thrilled that I was able to pick up which ever lead I wanted regardless of which direction I was going (she picked up the left without too many issues even though we were going to the right).
I really liked her leg-yield here:
I was just really thrilled that the canter is getting more balanced! Only took me three years!! LOL!
However, I can NOT for the life of me, put this all together into a good lower-level test ride. I tried to ride a First Level Test 1 last week, and it was shit. Couldn’t get the canter at the letter, our circles were football shaped (what do you mean that’s rider error?!?!), no lengthens to speak of, I couldn’t get a stretchy trot to save my life, etc. etc. It was terrible.
I think I’ve been too lax by not riding more precisely.
To help with that, I now have… ** drum roll **
My wonderful husband made them for me. They’re kind of hard to see in the pictures, but they look really nice in person.
The dressage arena is really starting to come together!! Yay!