The stadium lesson was fairly simple, did a basic gymnastic, then worked on doing some lines in a small course. We had some babies in the group (horses, not riders) so we took things slowly. The focus was on striding and placing the horse exactly where you wanted them, riding your lines, and riding between your fences.
Mini course with Koda being playful
The dressage lesson was a private one where you had to wear an ear piece so that you could hear the clinician. A bit different for us (technology? Whaaaat?) so that took a bit of getting used to, but man oh man did we take a lot away from that lesson! One thing she really emphasized was to get the ribs moving, and that will cause the abdominal muscles to engaged, causing the back to lift, and all that good stuff. To achieve this magical moment, all we had to do was an 'active' turn on the forehand. It's all about getting the horse to continually move their feet while doing the turn, particularly the front legs being lifted up and down, but landing in the same place while moving the ribs around that point. Don't muck around with your hands too much, it's all on seat, leg, leg, leg, and more LEG!
|Finally figured out how to ride up banks!|
|Love his form in this shot|
|Need to do this more...|