I rode on my own today. He was slow sluggish. I thought it would be good to get him cantering to help him get moving. The problem is that to get him to canter when I ask, he needs to be moving with his hind legs under him, but to get him moving with his hind legs under him, cantering helps. A catch-22.
Of course, when I asked, he didn’t do it. I made the mistake of getting after him. Then after that that’s all he wanted to do. Any change in my position – canter. Any half-halt – canter. I know it’s me. I’m not giving him the right feeling, the right scoop with my seat. I felt horrible that I had gotten after him because all he was trying to do was what he thought I wanted.
After our canter debacle I worked on half-halting and sending forward and him not cantering off. Once he settled into that, then I asked for canter again, which he gave me. Then I went back to just asking him to half-halt and go forward without cantering. I could tell he was unsure of me but he eventually I think we got on the same page. I can’t wait for Barbara to return!