Monday, August 22, 2016

Suzanne & Holly clinic video dump #3: Here's Wylie!

I rode Wylie in the clinic last weekend. I think I had ridden him all of five times before the first day of the clinic. He's a typical OTTB -- very sensitive and eager to please. He and I are still figuring each other out, but every ride has been pleasant and drama-free. I get to ride this sweet boy a few times a week through December.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Suzanne & Holly clinic video dump #1

I can't believe I haven't posted in seven weeks. Bad blogger. Much has happened, including prepping to ride Second One and Second Two at a schooling show next weekend, and me taking on another horse to ride while said horse's mom, M, is in Houston working on a college internship. The new guy's name is Wylie, and he's an eventer. I'll just be doing dressage with him. He's the sweetest OTTB that ever was. We had a clinic last weekend and I rode both Clair and Wylie. I'll include vids of Wylie in an upcoming post. For now, here's Clair, day one (the third video has trainer Holly Cook on board).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Clinic with Suzanne and Holly, part 2

Here's R's lesson on Dakota on day 2, almost in its entirety. They get started on shoulder in, do some work on turns on the haunches (which Dakota practically nails on their very first attempts), and continue work on clean and prompt canter departs. Everything is going to so well! R will be embarrassed, but I have to say again how lucky Dakota and I are to have found the perfect lease for him. R is such a talented and kind rider, so pleasant to be around, and so dedicated to riding and learning. How could we ask for more?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Clinic with Suzanne and Holly, part 1

Clair and I made huge progress in the canter during the clinic this past weekend. My canter-walk transitions were a bit hit and miss, and I knew it was due to the quality of the canter. Suzanne worked me through getting Clair straight and back on her haunches in canter, and wow. I think you can see the ghost of an upper-level canter from time to time in this video. And when the quality of the canter was good, the transition to walk was easy. This video shows day two. My homework is mainly to keep Clair up in front, and keep my hands low. I'm so excited about how things are going!