Still, I like being productive. Our focuses were softening, changing direction, and body positioning.
On softening, he's still doing it. We don't fight as much, and he's holding himself properly for longer periods of time. This ride was more consistent in softness, rhythm, and forward movement. I think letting him walk out around the field helped to get the idea of forward into his head. He still gets sucked back when I shorten my reins and take up contact, so that'll be something to work on. One of the big things I wanted to work on was his downward transitions, and they were so so good for this ride. It's much easier to get when I use the letters, plus it helps me remember the letters, too.
|Do not underestimate him.|
On body positioning . . . shoulders back, stop leaning to the inside, close your fingers. The usual.
After that awesome ride, I hopped on Roman bareback which was an adventure. First, he was laying down when I went to catch him and kinda refused to get up at first.
|How about no?|
|*pirouettes into my personal space*|