The days are longer and there is more sunshine about – things are looking up. I am also feeling a lot better so Basil and I are going for it! March has been a pretty good month, although we have had lots of rain and wind I have managed to exercise him quite a bit which is great.
My March Aims were:
- Calmness - this is a bit varied
- Rhythm - so is this!
- Suppleness - and this.
- Consistency of bend on left rein - still struggling
- Halt for more than 2 seconds - 3???
- Encouraging contact - gently but not pushing this
- All transitions - as always the downwards ones need work :(
- Circles, serpentines and changes of rein.
This is what March looked like:
8th - Lunged today as I expected Basil to be loopy after his break. I was not disappointed, he kept trying to canter off, bucking and having fun! Just 10 minutes but we managed a bit of sensible walking at the end.
11th – Lunged again today, much better on the whole but had a silly turn at the end when he suddenly decided to pogo/canter around on the circle. 10 minutes again.
12th – Rode in the arena today, felt braver after yesterday but Basil was still a bit jumpy. He spun around at one point and cantered off across the arena. Generally pleased with him today though.
13th – Arena again today, 25 minutes of mostly walk with a little trot. We did lots of walk circles and serpentines. Also, leg yield in walk towards the track, which he did really well – really pleased.
15th – Lunged today and really good on the left rein in walk and trot. Basil went loopy on the left rein and just cantered around, and around, and around! Eventually I managed to get him to walk around to cool off – DAFT!
16th – Rode in the arena today and he was really good after yesterday. Same as last time but a bit more trotting. We walked over a single pole today.
18th – Lunged again today – very good.
19th – Rode in the arena, same again. Increasing trotting. Good.
20th – Hacked out for 20 minutes today, surprisingly Basil was really well behaved and we didn't jog home. Yeh!
22nd – Lunged – bit longer today, about 12 minutes with a little canter on each rein. Again, really good today.
23rd – Rode in arena – Basil was so good yesterday and the last few times I have ridden that I was planning on a little canter today. Cantering always really improves his trot although it also makes him a bit fast. Unfortunately, he was a bit speedy and keen and not really listening to me so I chickened out :) 25 minutes.
25th – Arena again today, bit longer and today we had a short canter down one long side on each rein. Really pleased with him as he didn't get too strong and silly. Basil is looking a bit for a contact now in trot.
27th – Quite windy today (was awful yesterday) so lunged but he was pretty good considering.
29th – Lunged again today and Basil started really well but then had a loopy moment on the right rein.
30th – Rode for nearly 30 minutes in the arena today. Walk and trot circles, walk leg yield and serpentines. Introduced some small circles . Again we had a short canter down one long side.
Progress :) The bad weather means we haven't managed to get out for another hack this month. This makes Chesney happy too!
My Aims for April with Basil are:
- Consistency of bend on left rein
- Halt for more than 2 seconds!
- Encouraging contact
- All transitions
- Trot serpentines.
- Increase cantering.
- Trotting poles.
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