L Program: Feedback and Thoughts
|Yep, we're back to this.|
The second part of the clinic involved feedback from the mass of people watching us critically. As I've mentioned before, accepting this criticism is difficult. However, I feel very comfortable with Bast's training and all of his and my faults. This made listening to the feedback much easier to take. In fact, nothing said to me was unexpected.
|Not mad about this downward transition. Not gonna lie.|
|His tendency to come up against the hand was also pointed out.|
|Giving, giving, so much giving.|
This led me to a bit of snark, when on a large circle. Bast kept bulging out towards the door, ignoring my outside leg trying to keep his shoulder in line. I was pretty much trotting around holding on to the buckle by this point, and he was taking advantage of my long rein. Yukins suggested I give again, and I couldn't help myself. "If I give any more, he's going to end up in the audience." She suggested I change directions.
Finally she suggested I pick up the reins a little and feel him come into a more relaxed contact. I have to admit the trot we got at this point was lovely and relaxed over the topline. Again, I don't think this is a good technique for managing Bast in his tension, but it is something to continue to bring into our daily training sessions. I have to say that this horse does find comfort in the contact.
|Nice relaxed topline makes me happy.|
|That uphill balance is in there, though!|
Yukins explained at one point that the whole reason she had the riders try out the suggestions was to show the judges that their commentary must be something the rider can take home and use. They have to think about what they are putting down on paper as being something appropriate to the pair.
|Such a good boy.|