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I think this is overall a good report card on the little banana! I think when you get to place where there is a predictable pattern, you’ll really start building on this work. Slow and steady (well, as steady as weather allows.)
I think getting on Jasper will help you develop some tools that you can bring home. I’m thinking of starting to go to Kathy’s again next wekk, provided that my leg continues on the path that it’s on.
(btw; my computer almost broke after it got thrown across the room when I read “between her ears is plenty far ahead”.
So I’ve had three rides wherein I combined some of your suggestions with my revitalized correct position from taking the dressage lessons on a really fun schoolie. (she frequently chides me for looking TOO FAR AHEAD – there’s no jump, there’s no obstacle. You are inside, on a 15m circle, between her ears is plenty far ahead)
Lack of footing means I ride on a short dirt road beside my field -it’s about 500 feet long and we go back and forth.
Day 1 – start with 10 minutes of loose rein walking before picking up contact, very slowly. took 45 minutes before he trotted quietly reaching for the bit. I quit on that. I just sat up there looking ahead, hands steady/thumbs touching, and all he had to do was go forwards. Took half an hour to get the walk quiet and then another 15 for a few strides of quiet trot. Big pats and praise when he did that. We had perhaps half a pound of contact.
Day 2 – 10 min of loose rein walking, then I picked up the reins slowly and he proceeded to throw a 10 minute tantrum of jigging, head flinging and bouncing sideways. I just sat there. Didn’t care what he was doing as long as he was going basically forward down the road. After 15 minutes he settled down, and at 30 minutes we got some trot that was happy and quiet and he could walk in between. He got to end on that note at 40 minutes. Again, half a pound of contact is where he’s happy.
Day 3 – much quieter to start, and we got some lovely if too-forward trot. Worked for 30 minutes. He kicked out towards the end when he was going more forward – I wasn’t asking, he just went and then didn’t like it. He settled back down and got to quit.
Remains to be seen what happens when I add something other than a straight line, and whether we can canter but for now, it’s not making things worse. When I pick up the reins – even with one hand -he goes into “left bend banana” which I am ignoring for now, but he does it when use two hands on the reins or have both in one hand. Doesn’t matter – contact = banana horse. He straightens himself out when we trot. With the exception of one or two moments, I do not need any forward aids. And I can’t trot on a totally loose rein. He takes off with his head in the air.
Thank you for the time the other day -I hope the healing continues to go well!
I’d love to come to Kathy’s in January for a couple of lessons with her ponies – Riding Jasper/driving someone. This winter is dedicated to improving me, so Drei has a competent person when he’s ready.