- Keep those elbows bent and at my sides.
- DO NOT let Speedy take those reins away. I love how Marisa said it's okay that I keep him there; he's actually pulling on me, not the other way around.
- I need to do a million posting to sitting trot exercises. I started on Tuesday.
- I need to keep Speedy round in the canter departure. I learned how to do it on Sydney, now I need to apply that feeling to Speedy.
- I need to differentiate my trot and canter cues: both legs for trot, outside leg only for canter. I started that on Monday.
- When he gets behind the bit, it means that I need to shorten my reins. See the second bullet.
When I started my warm-up on day two, I could feel that Speedy was already more forward. I can't believe how much more aware of my riding I was after just 30 minutes with Marisa. She really got into my head, which I love!
I felt no pressure when I started my second ride. Marisa is so kind and supportive that I was ready to just let it all hang out. As we were schooling the sitting trot to canter (the latter half of the video), I gave up worrying what anyone thought about my horrible position. I just dug in and kept at it. It never got good, but I didn't let that discourage me. I used all of my 30 minutes to grab onto every good feeling that I could so that I could take them home with me.
After I watched day two's video (down below), I was somewhat disappointed. I had wanted it to reveal that all my goofs had miraculously fixed themselves over a good night's sleep. Instead, I got to see what I need to work on.