Killing you with all the endless indoor schooling pictures.
Still, here we go.
Years ago, I didn’t have the habit of opening the hand too much. Or if I did I had no idea of doing it. Now, it’s become a problem, and I’d like to train it away.
What happens is that once we’re in a really nice, soft contact, I open more, to give or something, then she’ll take advantage and become strong, say down the longside or diagonal.
Then we get strung out, half halts are not going through because now the reins are too long. And Valiosa will lose straightness and impulsion with inconsistent contact like that right away. Super frustrating to know the hand must stay closed, but it still opens!
Every time I let the contact slip like that, we lose valuable time in getting back to the “right spot”.
First step to get it right is to really believe she can go into the closed hand and stay there. That she’s actually capable of going forward in THAT contact.
Makes sense? Because earlier, she just wasn’t capable to.
So. I’ll be working on that in the sandbox. Soft, closed hand. Not an oxymoron.
When it works, she’s awesome!
After this week we’ll be mostly on our own again. (Oh NO!!) Many thanks to Geñay who works with us and has been so helpful! It’s been a blast, couldn’t have done this without you!