For the past month, Speedy and I have been refining our First Level moves. While we still have a ways to go, I am feeling really good about where we are. Test 2 now looks easy, on paper anyway, and Test 3 looks ... comfortable. It's hard to believe that just a few months ago those tests looked a bit intimidating. Today, I feel like we should be able to get out there and knock these tests out.
When I was riding the Training Level tests, I usually had more of a cross my fingers feeling. I didn't feel confident in our ability to ride the movements well. Now, I know that we can execute every single movement well. It doesn't always happen, but at least I know there is nothing in these tests that we can't do.
- Our trot lengthening is now pretty reliable, if still small, but at least I know how to get it, and Speedy loves to do them.
- The canter lengthening was always there; it was the return to working canter that was tough. That has also improved.
- Our leg yield left is pretty nice; we still struggle to the right, but again, there has been a lot of progress.
- I am really excited about our 10-meter trot circles with the halt in the middle. That's something we can do really well. That little right turn, halt, left turn section has a double co-efficient, so we've really schooled that movement.
- Our counter canter loops are okay. To the left is better, but he can hold the lead both ways. He's not super balanced yet, but I am looking forward to a score and comments.
See you all on Monday!