Monday, July 21, 2014

Going back to the basics of Contact/Connection. Week 2. Canter. Part 2 ...



"What if....   You took the time to go back to the basics of contact and connection with your horse at the canter.  Would it make a difference?    Watch what happens with in week 2 with Darrien's canter.

As part of going back to the basics, Susan has switched bits. Instead of the double bridle, Darrien is now in a snaffle.  Susan has also removed her spurs (they are required in the level she is competing in with him)   In this session we are focused on their canter work, including the pirouettes.  This is the second week and already Darrien is moving better.  Susan is riding him with a following rein and asking him to step up into it from her seat and legs.  Darrien is now more relaxed and is beginning to use his back.  Last week he was still jamming his neck back into his shoulders and hollowing his back.  This week Darrien's is carrying himself better.  His neck is longer and he is naturally bringing his nose down.   Stay tuned for week 3 to see what happens next.   

Can you see how Darrien's canter is changing?  What do you see different in what he is doing this week?