Chemaine showed me two new exercises that I am excited to add to my tool box. The first is about over-bending, and the second is about compressing until he gives.
In this exercise, Chemaine had me over-bend Izzy to the inside. And when she said over-bend, she was being literal. Bend until you see the eyeball is not even close. She wanted him very, very bent. As soon as he relaxed in the bend with a stretch, I could release the bend, reestablishing it every single time he popped his head up or got heavy in my hand.
As Izzy became more supple, we moved on to the canter exercise. The main issue I am having is that I can't get an inside bend to the left. When I ask for it, he pops his shoulder out and does the flying change. To help with this issue, Chemaine had me pick up the left lead like I always do, but when he threw in a change, she had me ignore it.
She felt that he was having several problems. First, of course, is that he's stiff, but hopefully we have fixed that with the over-bending exercise. The second issue is that he is off balance and scrambles while he reorganizes. To help him, she had me do a full body half halt while still driving him forward with my seat and legs. And then she had me HOLD IT!
Here's video of the end of the canter exercise which lead into combining the compression and over-bending.
Tomorrow - my ride on Speedy.