The biggest focus for the day was softness in the transition. Thus far, we have allowed a hollowing and giraffing through the transition with a correction once the transition is complete; this is basically where the walk to canter and trot to canter transition are because, well, he's not super balanced and we've gotta let him do what he has to do at this point. The walk to trot and trot to walk however are ready for the softness part. If anything, it'll be fixed once I deal with my lack of attentiveness and general bracing through transitions. I've made a mental note of it.
After some very successful trot work (including some nice, soft ankle sitting trot), trainer asked if I wanted to give the canter another shot, to which I mainly thought "Eh, really?" That little voice in the back of my head really didn't want to do it, but we've been in this place before, so I sucked it up. I was aware that it wouldn't be fixed that week, but if you don't try then you're guaranteed to get nowhere. An attempt opens up the possibility for progress.
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