On a happier note, Hub and I BOTH lessoned with Amy this weekend! FUN! I had a jump lesson with Stacy and Taco and Hub had his second dressage lesson on River. It was very cute, on the way home he said, "I'm so glad you made me have another dressage lesson instead of a jump lesson like I wanted. I wasn't doing things quite right and she clarified everything I was questioning." Oh, Hub. Such a sweetheart.
Flo and I worked on having a rounder, more submissive connection between fences. We also focused on adjustability by sending her forward and bringing her back a few times between fences. We did the 5 stride line in 6 strides and FINALLY found the right balance, power and distance to the longish two stride after several tries. Flo was a bit fussy like last week but like Amy said, "If this as bad as it gets, I'll take it." I focused on thinking more like my dressage ride by sitting up taller and working on the QUALITY of her canter.
I admitted to Amy that I hadn't ridden since my last lesson but quickly added that I did WATCH a lot of riding and it really helped. I watched this video below of the 2009 British Open and looked for and noticed things that we've been talking aobut in my lessons, namely: establishing a balanced, powerful canter that doesn't have to be fast, landing and rebalancing and maintaining a connection between fences. http://horseandcountry.tv/episode/british-open-2009-2nd-competition
What do you notice? What can you take away and apply to your riding?
BTW: I really liked the way Ellen Whitaker rides. She is very quiet in the sadde.
Adios, I'm off to watch the 3rd competition of the British Open and day dream about my first CLEAR stadium round of the show season :)