With Cooper at Sunday’s show….
The canter usually starts off really well now, although the transition still often consists of him throwing up the front end. Not every time any more, but often enough.
He can do it correctly, for short periods of time. It’s the in-between parts that sort of get, … crazy (frenzied, rushed, barreling, whatever you fancy.). But look how cute he is!
I like how forward he is (and often when we’re alone just singing little songs, riding along, he can canter absolutely lovely.), but then he just really lays it on, and off we go! Sit deep, use the core, half halt; all great mantras that go out the window…
Here we go!
At home this morning, back on the 20 M. 1/2 circle trot, 1/2 circle canter, practicing these transitions. Sounds so simple, but it isn’t. (It’s not working, aaaah!!!)
Then we should gradually shorten the trot section to only 1/4 circle, then back to canter. The goal is to come to only 3 trot steps, then back to canter.
Once there, the half halt comes – cantering on the circle, balanced, with good jumping through, looking just as soft as I know he can look, an “almost trot” transition, but cantering on. That’s it.
Then mixing up these early half-halts within canter with true transitions down to trot, which he already knows. Or should know…
A humbling long way to go, since the 1/2 circle transitions are not truly happening on time.
Eventually, he should be with me like this. All of the time. Yes.