OK so I’ve been going on and on about the difficulty of getting Valiosa to that nice soft and forward trot.
On the diagonal she has been even less fluid. (How is that even possible!? And I’m the one who created it I’m sure.) Wriggling all over the place, slowing down.
So we’ve worked on going across at a better tempo. Getting a bit of action in the hind legs. Sharing it here today.
Sounds simple enough. For most. For us, it’s been really hard. Still is.
But first, some strides of good canter.
Look, tiny canter improvements!
Over in the blink of an eye, but it happens. Not sure why it’s so difficult, but it is, on the lunge line too. And we don’t visit it often enough to become friends.
Anyways, back to the trot thing on the short side before the diagonal.
Starting well before the corner, I ask for more.
This way she’ll come through the corner with some more engagement and the inside hind pushing off good. Her trot feels really good there.
Then as we come out, it’s enough to just open the hand just slightly, lift up through the chest, stare at the horizon and let her go across the diagonal.
Well, theoretically. We still pewter out less than half way. Isn’t this SO fun!?
With so much for me to try to figure out how to deal with, and with her putting up with it all so well, of course I’ve completely fallen for her.
Happy New Years To All!