Possibly a good thing, but one never knows for me.
I've had a week to go over the rides from the show last Saturday here's my list of what was good and not so good.
First the good:
1. Transitions were light and right on the mark
2. Bends were correct
3. Was balanced - both of us
4. Aids were effective and Rosie was truly working with me
5. Halts were straight and square
6. Steady contact was kept at all times, and Rosie was round and moving through her hind quarters. I believe there was only one time where she went on the forehand. I caught it immediately and corrected it.
... and the not so good
1. Circles SUCK ! I need to use more leg and less hand to get the bend. Left is better than right
2. More forward at the walk - both medium and free
3. Free Walk - need to train "stretch down". Rosie really has no concept of this.
4. Diagonals need to be straighter.
5. More Straight from X to C as well. I think she's walking off a bit crooked and I'm correcting.
In-spite of these things I can honestly say that for Intro B - Rosie and I rode to the best of our abilities. She gave me everything I asked for even if it was a bit sticky to the rights. We got all 6 and 7 with a lot of "Correct" comments - most of the criticism is in regards to needing to be more forward.
Ok so what is next...
Well - first we learn to canter! I say "we" because I'm sure her big stride is going to be a completely new adventure for me. Not to mention I've not cantered much at all since I hurt my back a year ago. I'm going to have to learn it all over again.
I need to figure out how to get her to stretch down at the gaits. With Bonnie I'm able to alternate pushing my legs into her barrel as she walks to naturally drop her head. Rosie is a different story. She is so large I'm having issues doing that .. short leg syndrom! Any idea's on this one?
Straightness will come with confidence so not so worried about that, but I will be adding more straight line work to our sessions.
Forward movement is most likely my fault. I need to be more fit to handle her forward movement, not to mention the confidence and trust in Rosie.
Bends to the right - she often feels like concrete against my right leg. My trainer said I'm not strong enough to move her over, but honestly I want her moving off my leg at a feather light touch so I don't want to start super strong. I'm thinking more right circles, keeping things as light as possible and making sure I'm staying as correct and balanced as I can. I'm toying the idea of using my spurs at first but not sure. I open to suggestions on this one as well.
My goal - Training Level
Time Line - Same Show Summer 2012
I'm not rushing anything at all for the sake of competing. I'm treating the shows as my reward for the progress I've made in our training. "Our" because I have to learn the movement correctly, then train Rosie, hopefully correct as well.