Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Back to work!

Thanks everyone for the well wishes, I had a great time and I am glad I could share it with all of you. On Monday Mom, Maddy and I went on a family trail ride. We just walked in a circuit around our property and Werther tried his darndest to cram as much food as possible in his mouth with a bit in. Werther had good energy on the trail and I did work on asking him to come on the bit, so I could work on harnessing the energy I need for my tests.  I had a lesson today, and we spent most of the time working at energy at the walk and canter. I have not decided if I am going to change my entries to training level for the Stillwater show in two weeks, Sarah and I are going to decide next week. The canter transitions are getting much better, but still not consistently good enough for the show ring yet. We also worked on getting him really connected and bending at the canter which I had some difficulty with. My left side got really tight, and I kept twisting my body. I worked with the grab strap and that helped, but with the longer rein Werther would cut in and switch his bend, so he would do a flying change. I would say about 20% of the time I had a really nice package and my position was OK. I need to bring that number up. 

3 comments:

Kate said...

Trail riding is great for bringing up the energy! Sounds like you're working hard - it's fun to read about your progress with Werther.

Justaplainsam said...

I was thinking that (and you can ignore me if you want!) maybe you should try riding with a fitted pad, it seems that your legs were pushing on the square saddle pad a fair bit in the pictures, it might help him feel you a bit more...

Ellie said...

I'm actually going to tie my stirrup to the girth with a spur strap tomorrow. It is one of the dispensations I am allowed with my para-dressage dispensation. I need to have a square pad when I show, but as you can see from my pics, my legs are really short, I'm only 5 ft with a taller upper body. If I can stabilize that leg and keep it forward, I think I will be OK.