Note to self: buy a digital watch so I can monitor how long it takes his beats and breath per minute to go down...... and so I can monitor how long I'm actually working him.
Normally when I gallop I do it like I'm riding track horses. I cross the reins and loop one finger on one hand through the wither strap and balance with my knuckles on the shoulders or withers. But you can't do that and still jump! So in each direction I put my outside arm behind my back like a soldier at ease so that I couldn't brace because you can't when you only have one arm and that needs to be used for steering. I had to use my legs and sore to keep my in my half-seat. I made sure my legs weren't bouncing all over and that I was centered over my saddle. My stirrups were down one hole from where they normally are for jumping which helped.
Today it was about to storm big time. Winds were picking up. So Twister and I had a quick and hard ride. Luckily it's summer so it doesn't take as long to warm up and stretch out.....
We trotted out at a fast stretchy, bounce trot 1 1/2 rounds each way and then galloped 1 1/2 rounds each lead. Then we went into the "arena" and practiced our lead changes. My goal is to get us down to only 1 or 2 trot strides before we do a successful change. If you watched our video from Sunday, we canter around on the wrong lead quite a bit. I need to work on that. My person can get him to do flying changes. But my person is also a much better and more skilled rider than I am.
|see the hand running up to grab mane/do a release and one on the wither|
strap holding on????????