After last week’s positives, come this week’s … okays.
At the end of last week, my neck was enjoying brief moments of straightness (bliss), but the gods of chance rolled the dice and this week the twist has returned with a vengeance. I actually thought at one point, that I shouldn’t be attempting to walk or catch the bus, because I was an accident waiting to happen. However, one soldiers on some how, which brings me on to the best activity of the week. Riding.
This week hasn’t gone quite to plan as my usual instructor was away and the temporary (not very good) replacement just couldn’t get her head round the fact that I’m a twisted wreck, with limited vision on my right hand side.
Therefore, rather than attempt anything new, I’ve put the focus on trying to get Tosca to respond promptly to aids, without nagging. As I’ve ridden her on and off for a few years, I know what her good and bad points are. Last week, we had real success in terms of getting her to canter, and stay there (rather than fall out of it, back to trot, after a few strides).
This week, I’ve tried trot-canter-trot-canter transitions, on a circle. I’ve varied the length of time in each gait and she’s been brilliant. Also, her responsiveness to changes in direction on shapes, is also improving. 5-10 minutes of quick fire transition changes, really seems to make a difference. I think she enjoys doing schooling. As long as it’s out in a field (which is understandable). By the time we stopped, she was doing walk-canter transitions with just a quick squeeze of the leg.
Since re-starting riding, I haven’t attempted to do any leg yielding or other lateral moves, for two reasons. Firstly, I’m not sure if Tosca has even been taught anything more than a leg yield, and secondly, I’m struggling to give the aids correctly in conjunction with trying to control my head. However, today, we managed one stride of leg yield! So, even if we never do it again, I’m chalking this up as a success.
My usual instructor will be back next week and I shall be working with her on some tips which Aspire Equestrian have given me (Thank you).
Have a great week.