|Another 10-miles at Victoria|
I worked on some of the things I learned. At every whoa - two steps back. This engages the rear end - after a while it will become a automatic response. Light hands! Using my seat - putting my legs forward - the cue for a stop - to eventually teach her to stop without a pull on the reins. I'd love that. Paying attention to what foot is leaving under me - timing the cue as the foot leaves the ground - not after it's hit. Making sure that when we go around those trees, that my off leg is off her side! After all - she needs a place to move to! Hard habit to break - because when I ride fast I tend to grip with my legs. I also tend to lean forward. Using stirrups that are a 4" wide platform is great for trotting over long distances, but not so great when you don't want to constantly be cuing your horse to go fast!
|Warm Sunshine afternoon|