Winston and I were up first. At my last lesson we worked on getting bend in the corners, keeping the forward and getting Winston's hind inside leg to really reach on a 10m circle, and we introduced leg yield. Winston and I have been doing our homework so we were able to kick it up a notch.
|Warm up on a long rein; working on getting a marching relaxed walk.|
I had to keep my elbows bent, but relaxed, at my side; carry my forearms; keep my hands above his withers and close together; shoulders back; and look up and around the circle. In general, I can keep track of three things. This was way more than three and I was huffing and puffing keeping the forward supple energy going with Winston while leg yielding on a circle.
Gayle had us spiral into a very small, tight circle around her without losing energy.
Then we had to spiral back out by leg yielding. We were to gradually make the circle bigger by stepping sideways and forward, staying bent, and reaching under. We had a tendency to go straight sideways but we had a couple good gradual circles by the end. And then I was toast.
|Doing pretty well here|
|Going sideways without bend through Winston's body.|
When Brett first got Mufasa he (Mufasa) didn't understand contact on his mouth and he was very unbalanced. Brett has been working on taking a light contact and Mufasa is accepting that. The balance is getting better but Mufasa tends to fall in on a circle. Gayle worked with getting Brett more evenly balanced (he was favoring the leg with the bad knee so he didn't have equal weight on both sides) and that helped tremendously.
They worked on keeping an even tempo. Mufasa can move forward at a nice clip but when he is unsure or feels unbalanced, he tries to stop. Right now, there is a lot of trust and confidence building that they are doing together. They take care of each other and the bond is developing.
Once Mufasa had a balanced trot on a 20m circle, Gayle had them doing serpentines. They finished up with some canter work. It was the very best canter we have seen from Brett's big red dun. In the video below you can see the trot work, the serpentine and a bit of canter. It's a short video but it gives you an idea of how they are moving together.