Who knew after a few weeks off it would take a bit to get back into it again! Now that i have my balance back under control again! 3 weeks holiday would do that too you! I can now focus & enjoy our exercises working towards our next competition in 2 weeks time… how time flies! But I’m certain we will be ready in time. Turning this Mack truck back into a muscle car !

I know I’m not the only person out there that dreads a video or two when riding, it really makes you think on EVERYTHING that’s going on, but i think deep down we just don’t want to see our mistakes! BUT it is a very useful tool in our training!
I’m very fortunate enough to have a helping friend who filmed me on my second ride back last weekend. It really made me realise the lack of impulsion and our balance! On this day of the video we really struggled with our canter exercises, some days you have to realise that what you have planned prior to your ride might not pan out the way you want. Especially when your coming back from a break. You have to be able to feel what you are both capable of! After all its not just us rider that have bad days! SO when your not having the most fantastic cantering day… working on the trot transitions is always great!

So we regrouped, focusing on our canter, shoulder-fore & our leg yielding! Probably one of the best advise i was given that has helped me a lot at the canter, you want a clear 3 beat canter with jump. I literally say 1,2,3 out-loud. Sounds rather basic but I had this on repeat during the week! When i say 3 i want to be ready for a big 1, push and give a little kick to give that initial JUMP into the 1.
I’m always impressed with Arnie’s work ethic, he always give 110% even when things don’t go to plan. He always tries !

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