Wednesday night was dressage practice and overall it was a blah ride. Nothing horrible – no ‘incidents’, but also little-to-no relaxation and a number of different evasions (faux spook, cross-canter/swapping, head tossing). We rode with a barn-mate we hadn’t ridden with in a while, each doing our dressage tests for each other (hers were fab, mine were awful), and she kindly shared thoughts and observations:
- Ask for more.
- Prepare for transitions and turns earlier – it should look clearly like he knows where we are going and what we’re doing.
- Move inside hand way off of his neck, for more even and steady contact but still having main connection with outside rein. (This is a good alternative to the uberstriken I’ve been doing, especially during a test.)