At my lesson, Barbara wanted PJ to go more forward. I tried using my legs, posting faster and more up, and tapping with the whip, but got nothing. I was getting frustrated, so we talked about it. She said that my “encouraging” PJ was only confusing him and getting him to run on his forehand, instead of sitting and pushing. Feeling the difference between forward but maybe slow, and fast was my homework for today.
I started at the walk. At first, when I ask PJ to halt, his hind legs trailed. I worked on getting him to reach to the bit by letting out the reins and picking him back up. I also worked on walk-halt transitions. When I felt that he finally pushed when I asked then I moved on to trot. It took a lot of doing trot-walk transitions but I think I got it. Every time he started to slow down, if he didn’t go forward when I asked, then I did a downward transition. It felt slower than I thought it should but I quit when he finally went forward when I asked instead of ignoring my aids. It was hot and PJ was panting at the end even though we didn’t do a lot. I think it was enough.