So for the past week, Speedy and I have been doing lots and lots of trot to halt to trot to halt transitions. Let me tell you, if you aren't doing those, START! Holy cow are those transition ever getting him sharper and more in front of my leg.
It was like being struck by lightening. You mean I can use BOTH REINS?!?!? Why didn't someone tell me that SOONER?!?!?!? Miraculously, we now have a shoulder-in. When I rode yesterday, I started with a bunch of trot to halt to trot transitions. Suddenly he was bounding forward, so I turned his energy into a shoulder-in, and then rode it into the 10-meter circle followed by travers. It was all so good that I awarded myself a string a 7.0s.
I am really looking forward to our next two shows later this month. I know we're slowing filling in some gaps in our training, and I am eager to see how well we'll be able to blend the movements together. Of course, different judges place a premium on different things, so our scores may not reflect what we've learned, but I'll know.
I am more amazed by this endurance horse turned dressage horse every day. Who knew?