Log is in descending chronological order.
Going forward – July 2017
- Show? – Upcoming. Going to try for dressage schooling show on July 8th. Training Level (maybe).
- Second Lesson – Ridden. Worked on correct contact with bit. Trailered excellent.
- Picking up true lead 99% of time. Now unable to pick up counter canter when asked.
- Working on expanding arena.
- Went back to bareback riding to try to prevent me from leaning during canter transitions.
- Lots of trot/canter/trot transitions. Less “racing” around, but not using inside hind well.
- Trail riding bareback.
- First show (local, open show) – Went great. Won both Walk/Trot Classes.
- First lesson – Ground training. Trailered well.
- More reliably picking up correct canter lead with correct bend.
- Leg yielding consistently to and from ‘rail’.
- SI and HI getting easier at trot – not sure on bend in SI though.
- Walk pirouettes held longer and in tighter circles (still large circles, but progressing).
- Cantering more than 5 strides causes her to fall on forehand and speed up, while ignoring all half-halt attempts.
- Becomes anxious/tense quickly, chomps bit, and either braces or ducks behind contact. If I fix forward, I get too much tension. If I ignore forward, she stays relaxed but is terribly sluggish to leg aids.
- First haul – Success!
- First haul to new place – Success. (neighbors house).
- No riding first 21 days.
- Teeth done. Club foot getting better. Cough causing issues, removed the hay that was suspected cause.
- Limited riding. Out of state 1/4 of month. Lots of snow.
- Both canter leads getting better.
- Strike off to canter still bumpy, but more prompt.
- HI and SI getting more consistent and supple.
- Leg yields getting more fluid.
- Starting to get a left lead canter with correct bend.
- Right lead canter with correct bend coming along well.
- Both canter leads off leg aid instead of “kissing” cue.
- Limited riding in beginning of month. Ice and too low temps rest of Jan.
2016 Year in Review video
- Struggling with connection.
- Struggling with tension.
- A couple of really nice canter steps, but mostly not.
- SI and HI getting more bend and bigger steps (bigger by “Joy” standards) .
- Walk pirouette, quarter turns, getting more rhythmic on smaller circles.
- Started snowing Dec 8th and hasn’t quit. Measuring snowfall in feet. Training comes to a grinding halt, yet again.
- Lateral work improving.
- Can zig-zag leg yield fairly well and stay straight. Still have some issues with haunches trailing.
- SI and HI are more forward in trot. Able to hold either longer.
- Walk Piroutte, quarter turns, improving. Still more bumbles than decent ones.
- Incremental improvements in canter departs.
- Haunches-in and shoulder-in at trot getting easier. Still very wobbly.
- Slowed tempo down for better balance.
- Developing more straightness.
- Outside rein is more effective.
- Canter right is more balanced and able to do leg-yield in canter.
- Canter left is hosed up. Once in it, it’s like a freight train. It’s terrible.
- Half the month off due to work. No riding.
- Go buttons almost good, needs more tweaking but much improved.
- Better acceptance of bit. Still ducking behind, but easier to get back in front of bit.
- Lateral work progressing well at walk. Wobbly and resistant of contact at trot.
- Beginning work on canter depart in true bend. Right lead easier. Left non-existent.
- Trail riding is non-existent and Joy is freaking out on trail alone.
August 2016 (late)
- Joy sound, out of shape.
- Working on stretching side to side.
- Canter severely regressed.
- Less than half a month of riding, with only a handful of rides.
June 2016 through late August 2016
- New bit for Joy.
- Successfully loaded Joy in trailer and shut all dividers.
- Picking up correct leads both ways. Still not in true bend.
- STILL FREAKING SNOWING!!!!!
- Reinstate Shoulder-in and haunches-in at walk.
- Head tilting.
- Canter still very unbalanced.
- Go buttons better.
- Accepting bit somewhat better. Still ducking behind or barging into it significantly.
- Trail riding going well.
- End of May Joy dead lame.
- Begin riding Joy again. Not consistent riding.
- Lateral work only consisting of leg-yield. No SI or HI.
- Work on picking up canter with true bend. Not effective.
- Small bits of true connection when on a straight line.
Jan 2016 through March 2016
- No riding. Everything covered in ice.
- Limited riding. Snow.
- Joy rooting the reins out of my hands.
- Forward off a light aid improving.
- Shoulder still popping out.
- Not straight.
- No outside rein.
- Ignoring the left leg.
- Limited time to ride.
- Some trail riding.
- Snow starts.
- Starting to reach for the bit to a degree.
- Lazy off the leg aid. Routinely completely ignores leg.
- Canter unbalanced and not bent in the direction of travel.
- Haunches-in all over the place and head tilts.
- Losing the outside shoulder, too much bend, no bend, not straight, etc.
- Few weeks of riding during all of October. Skipped the last week.
- We have a rudimentary arena on a slope.
- Can only get left lead canter.
- Stretchy trot is non-existent.
- Limited acceptance of bit.
- Shoulder-in at walk is somewhat better, but wobbly, and all over the place.
- Can get one or two steps of haunches-in at walk occasionally.
- Not able to pick up correct canter leads either way.
- First trail ride alone.
- Mainly trail riding.
- Beginning concepts of listening to the seat and half halts.
- Limited riding time available.
- Purchased bareback pad for Joy.
- Begin very rudiments of shoulder-in.
- Go buttons somewhat more instilled.
- Steering is beginning to take shape.
- Still no acceptance of bit.
- First trail ride.
- Handful of rides working on steering, stopping, and beginning concepts of moving away from the leg.
- More desensitization work.
- Search for a pony saddle.
- Still no arena to ride in.
- Still not even considering trail riding Joy yet.
- Desensitization training.
- Fly spray and hose = scary.
- Lame for several weeks due to injury (Ava is a bully).
- No arena to ride in.
- Steering still iffy.
- Go buttons slightly less sticky, but still requires double heel boot to the ribs to trot.
- Purchased Joy.
- Lack of tack to fit a pony limited our riding to twice that month.
- No arena to ride in.
- Limited steering.
- No “Go” buttons.
- Zero acceptance of bit.