On the plus side, I got PJ much more forward today. On the negative side, I still don’t look like a dressage rider.
I had to decide between working on me and working on PJ and I chose PJ, which meant I kept my stirrups in the beginning of the ride. I thought it was more important to get PJ moving. Some of my position issues come from trying so hard to get PJ to go. I end up using my heal to encourage him, which throws me out of position. If he listened to my calf, I could stay stiller. But even with PJ moving off my leg, I still didn’t like the way I looked in the mirror.
After getting PJ moving, I took away my stirrups. But it didn’t seem to matter. The mirror showed me as just a weak looking rider. I think I’m going to up my stirrups half a hole (I just have to remember to bring the hole punch with me next time). I also went to the gym straight from the barn. I was tired and just did the bike for 30 min. I have to figure this out. Soon. I want to be the rider PJ deserves.