Friday, August 28, 2015
New rules for Kat
Notes from my lesson with the BNT:
1st: Kat must be moving forward. Not flippantly forward, not a bit forward, but forward. Like we're talking jump you out of the saddle trotting forward. Bounding forward. Blasting forward.
2nd: She must move forward AND stay on the bit. (No excuses.)
3rd: She must move forward anywhere I take her, whether it's across the diagonal, on a circle, or through a figure-8.
I recognize that these are simple, duh-ish things. But once Kat is actually forward (and not hesitatingly so, or sort of forward, or thinking a touch forward...) the spookiness disappears, the contact stabilizes, and she starts to sweat almost immediately so I'm thinking we're actually working when that happens.
(Also I promise I've broken my habit of popping into a half-seat every time Kat does a good transition as pictured above. Why did I do that? I think maybe I was trying to reward her by getting off her back? I DON'T REALLY KNOW but thank god for my trainer)