It wasn’t long ago…
That we’d trot a 20 m at A, trot into the corner and do a 10 m trot circle (that alone was a challenge), transition to canter once back on the track on the long side, then canter down the long side.
Transition down to trot in the corner into a 10 m trot circle (SO proud of him once he could do that!) and continue to a 20 m trot circle at C, repeating all down there. – 20 meter trot at C, 10 meter trot in corner, canter the long side, 10 meter trot in corner, 20 meter trot at A.
The less scrambling the better. This is NOT coming easy for Cooper.
Let me illustrate just one of the many issues we have – leaning in, and over bending the neck, even on a 20 meter volte. (Well, really, doesn’t matter even if it’s on some sort of 30 meter egg-shaped thingy. He’ll still want to fall in like this. Or, just as tasty; barrel around – braced, demon speed, propelled by the front legs.)
Then starting over on the other lead. I’d have to regroup sometimes between canter sessions with a 2 x 10 m circle in the corner to sort of “pull things together again.” Ever humble, admitting it was mainly to pull myself together.
Well, we’ve talked about counseling. But he refuses to go. Says it’s me, not him.
So, may the “half halts within canter” begin! Yes, that is correct – all this time, and no touching the canter gait within itself. For a reason.
Instead of a lengthy explanation, which I will probably not define correctly anyway, let’s just say he really needed to gain confidence within this gait. Hold his own balance at least a bit, or consider it. He had to feel as if he could keep thinking canter. You may not agree.
In the middle of these canter doldrums, I’ll be showing him at 1st Level this weekend! Extremely grateful to be able to go. Can’t believe we’ll attempt 1st Level, at his 3rd show ever! Oh dear.
Please cheer us on. And come back early next week, if only to snicker about it all. The laugh’s all on me.