This week, Rosie had a few more rides in the round pen without a helper before moving to the arena towards the end of the week. In the round pen, she's done quite well. We spent some time each day worked to get a bit more softness throughout her whole body on the ground. Once in the saddle, she's been Flexing & Yielding the HQ relatively well. She's been responsive as I ask for the trot & lope. Inside & outside turns went well. I noted that she wants to drift her shoulder when turning to the right, but overall she's trying for me, just lacks the education & complete understanding.
Once in the arena, we continued to work on Flexing & Yielding the HQ before we moved to One Rein Stops at the walk, trot, & lope. With ORS, I really focus on our gas pedal & our brake, but beyond the physical side, the mental side of bringing her energy up & being able to easily bring it back down is almost more important. Just to see where she was at, I had her lope a few circles, but could feel she wanted to get a little bit stiffer, but not bad overall. She did get a bit surprised about the dogs roaming around through the trees a couple of times, but nothing major.
Next week, we'll continue to work on a few pieces of groundwork while riding in the arena, where we'll work on One Rein Stops & Cruising.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Saturday.
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