Slater was kind of a funny ride. His walk and trot were so slow and I had a hard time keeping him moving forward. But then when the lesson was about 75% done he woke up and it was challenging to slow him down! He is a very sweet boy and was quite patient as I muddled around up there.
Here are some of my bad habits that I need to work on:
1) At the canter transition I lean back in a strange and exaggerated way. I don`t know why. I actually don`t feel like I`m doing it so I`ve had to think about tilting forward (even though I`m not tilting forward, I`m just straight.)
2) I keep throwing my outside rein away. I think this is due to some crookedness on my part but it was VERY hard for me to correct.
3) My hands aren`t always closed on the reins. This is so bush league! This has been an issue for me since I started riding. I feel like I start the lesson with normal person hands but as I start focusing on other things they slowly open.
One exercise we worked on quite a bit was doing a 10 meter circle and leg yielding out to a larger circle. I had a really had time with this. I started in the walk but did most of it in the trot. It was pretty challenging (especially with my rein-related issues listed above) to move Slater out in a proper leg yield rather than drifting out and leading with his shoulder. This kind of mirrors what I worked on in my dressage lesson last Friday. I also did quite a lot of transitions.
I don`t know if I`m the only person who struggles with this but I cannot brain very well when I`m riding. I get frazzled and confused really easy. I don`t feel like I am like this when I am not on a horse but man....I feel like such a dolt when I`m riding. My instructor had to explain the circle exercise like 4 times before I understood it.
I got a lot of video but the videos are all over 2 mins. I was able to get a video still using a screenshot but it`s quite blurry. I`m going to fiddle with the videos and try to edit them down a bit.
Here`s Mr. Slater
My solitary screenshot: