Thursday, June 18, 2009


I rode outside today, we have a tornado watch going on, so the weather is really humid, so Werther was pretty lazy. I started out working on walk trot transitions to try and get Werther more sensitive to the leg. Then after some trot work with good connection I went into the canter work. The canter work was a mix bag, the transitions to the canter were pretty good, but I had a hard time getting a of jump out of him. Werther did flying changes a number of times to the right, but I felt like I could really feel what I was doing wrong, so I could try and fix it. I felt like I started to sit down more, but I know I wasn't as far back as I need to be. I'm still working at the connection at the canter, but he didn't feel strung out, which is another point in the good column. After a good walk break, I ran though training level test 3 once, which I have memorized but I haven't ridden before. I think test 3 is going to be way harder than test 4. It was hard to remember all the transition spots without the letters in the outdoor, but I got the gist of it. Canter work to the right was bad, I was getting really tired and had a big moment of being too passive, which allowed Werther to swap. Werther and I were both sweaty and tired by the end of the ride, and well I don't think things went great, I feel like I accomplished something.


Kate said...

You don't have to get everything done at once, and it's great that you feel like you accomplished something even though everything wasn't perfect!

oh, rebecca. said...

Hi Ellie! I think this is the first time I've commented on your blog since following you? Anyway, every time you get something right, you get that AHA! feeling, and that to me is worth so much more than having an absolutely perfect ride/lesson. Sooner or or later all the AHA!s will click together and everyone will be the better for it! :D

Ellie said...

Thanks, Rebecca! I know it will come, I just wish it would hurry on up!