Experimenting a bit with Valiosa.
On her own, her movement works very well. Not as great in canter, but it works.
Together though, we don’t exactly soar yet.
We’ve all been there, right(?) – on rides that are nothing like “Driving Miss Daisy”, more like Riding Miss Angry Bird. Like this.
At the beginning of each ride, she comes out with a freshness, then through the work, while she supples in the body, she’ll sometimes come to a contact I don’t like. Too much.
So, here and there, I’ve focused on very light contact, letting her be responsible for her self more.
Just moments here and there. An experiment.
The canter is not her strong gait at all. We’ve been fumbling with it awkwardly for some time. One day, she’ll find a good balance. (Me too, please!)
OK, so these pictures are all from a different ride, but this is sort of what we had going on. Of course, this goes completely opposite of real riding on contact, which is needed in dressage. We’re just testing the waters some.
Twisted Oaks has an instructor who comes out regularly and we’ve started taking some lessons with her. Absolutely no clowning around like this then! It’s really fun, and while there won’t be any frequent lessons, they will be regular.