So far January is not going according to plan! Chesney's foot abscess means that I haven't been able to ride Basil for a couple of weeks now. Ches is finally getting better so I thought I would have a look at some ideas for our schooling sessions!
- Consistency of bend on left rein
- Halt for more than 2 seconds!
- Encouraging contact
- All transitions
- Circles, serpentines and changes of rein.
I want to continue this year with trying out some new exercises and things to try and keep our interest while we are working on these. The one exercise we did not manage to get right last year had lots of trot walk transitions - so this is something I really want to get this year. This won't be achieved in January alone though.
Something else which I would like to try in the few months are just cantering half circles. These will be quite a challenge and will take a while for us to get right. It will take most of the second half of the circle to come back to walk! As soon as we introduce the first canter in a session Basil assumes we are going to canter again in every corner so I have to constantly do things a bit differently! Obviously, we won't be able to do much of this initially as he is not very fit.
The other new exercises we had just started doing when I had to stop riding because of Basil's tooth were these:
I also had a new book for Christmas which I am hoping to start working through soon.
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Until next time!