This weekend, Speedy decided that dressage was a lot of work. As such, he further determined that it would be better for me to hold him up with the left rein. He was adamant that he certainly couldn't sit back on his own butt as that might wear him out. And really, he has better things to do with his hind end than carry me around.
Right now it's all about our struggle with the leg yield, improving the trot lengthenings, and getting a more and more collected canter. While the trot lenghtenings are fun, the leg yield is not. I really need some eyes on the ground.
I have a feeling I am asking for too much straightness in the shoulder, but Speedy wants to lead with the outside shoulder and trail his butt along behind. If I really dig my spur in, I can get a deeper step with the inside hind, but he gets really annoyed with me when I do it. If I don't poke him with the spur, he refuses to cross over with that inside hind leg.
We've also been working on the canter lengthening. He's starting to get more up and forward in the stride rather than just forward. When he gets flat, it's very difficult to return to working canter. If I canter him forward with more of a scoop in my seat combined with small half halts, his stride has more bounce and suspension. It feels like a good thing, but what do I know?