In a lifetime, we’ll say this over and over again, just as happy every time things start going back to normal!
After some 10 days (?, lost count), of time off, Valiosa came out just like any other day. Deep nickers in the paddock (yes, she got kisses, no shame), and off we went. No lunging required, no antics. She’s a gem! And the new second batch of arena sand felt great!
While sick I spent useless time watching shoulder in and canter transitions videos, so that’s what we worked on. My problem is that in fear of ever over drilling, I tend to leave any exercise much too soon.
Four transitions to canter on the 20 m, none of them feeling the way they should, I still leave.
Leg yield from the quarterline, twice. A 10 m circle. On to a couple of attempts at the shoulder in on two long sides. It keeps her feeling more fresh, sure, but there’s obviously no true schooling of the movements this way. We didn’t really get anywhere. Definitely looking forward to our lesson a week from now!
My left arm is still very painful. Probably for a long time. I’ve decided to look at it as an opportunity to develop lightness in the contact. . Always an opportunity for something 🙂
Ended with some canter lengthening attempts. She goes higher, like a rubber ball, but not necessarily longer. It will be my job to figure out how to make it better. First, I need to develop a reliable contact. It’s not there, I can see it. So, ride better 🙂
Love this mare!