Yesterday I felt like giving up, lol, but today's another day. I felt he was énervé (I love this french word, agitated, annoyed by something etc...) yesterday, right from the start. No relaxation and just high speed jigging in the trot. Put him away feeling quite despondent. Lucky for me Patrick has ridden him in the dim, distant past and so we had a glass of wine and dissected the situation; made me feel much better, or it could have been the wine!!
Today I applied my brain and stopped riding like a dummy and he was much better. I used lots of lateral work in the walk, his leg yield across the school is really getting there now. To prepare for the trot I rode square serpentines across the short side (ie small!!) just from my thighs and weight. Then trot transition and ride a large circle keeping my rising really slow and defining. Transition to walk and change rein to ride the exercise on the other rein. Really found his hind legs through the square work and this seemed to help him balance through the transition to trot.
Saddle was great :-)
Spring is on it's way....first daffs came out yesterday and we have a great tit doing some diy in the tit box.....