GOAL: continue “hot off the leg” response from yesterday to improve quality of gaits and transitions; school canter-walk
METHOD: use Jane Savoie’s “Forward” strategies-
- Give a light leg aid
- No response, half-hearted response, or delayed response
- Correct him by sending him forward
- 100% response (99.9% isn’t good enough!)
For more information, visit http://www.janesavoie.com/how-to-make-your-lazy-horse-more-energetic/
OUTCOMES: Monarch has become more forward. Canter is very straight on the long side, and canter-walk is improving. We worked in the 15 M circle, because the only place in my arena big enough for the 20 M circle is at A.M. If we drill canter at A, everything else goes out the window, and I like how forward Monarch has become in that area. 15 M circles are more demanding. I need to be tactful and give plenty of rest breaks, as he gets tired. Then he goes from willing and working, to “humpy” and behind the leg. I did get 2 very nice canter down to walk transitions, both from left lead. We can build on that.
REFLECTION: Working away from A is helping with his forward attitude. Because he gets tired staying in the 15 meter circle, (the whole rest of my arena in width), I will intersperse canter circles with forward on the long side. We can 1/2 halt at B and E, circle and continue down the long side. As he gets better/stronger, we can circle at the intermediate letters and at C.