I’m thinking of starting a Foster fan club so I can get groupies to take photos for the blog. Kidding aside, I have no new photos to share, so enjoy recycled photos. Sorry.
Feeling all inspired from the dressage show this weekend, I decided to really attempt a couple of the movements that are newer to us that show up in Second 1. Specifically, 10 meter canter circles and rein backs.
Working on rein backs first meant working on trot halt transitions, and getting a nice square halt in which he does not go splat upon stopping, but continues to stay round and wait for my aids. The following rein-backs are getting better, a true two beat movement and very little bracing.
Ten meter canter circles required a collected canter that was really sitting, and as we haven’t revisited collection so much since coming back I only schooled a couple of these in each direction. This also allowed me to attempt a canter-walk transition approaching the wall, and while not quite there the trot steps were pretty minimal.
Since I’ve been working on half pass at the walk for the last couple weeks, I also attempted introducing it at the trot. To the right he is just lovely, moving forward and lateral into the bend with ease. No surprise there since haunches-in in that direction is so easy for him, and as I read once, half pass is haunches-in on a diagonal. To the left in general he has been a bit stiffer in the connection and has trouble lifting his shoulder, so we got some good steps but in general he’s more tense and that will need some work.
Tonight we have a dressage lesson, and I am expecting and somewhat looking forward to a butt-whooping.