Saturday’s ‘lesson’ with A and J was a success in that they really helped me find the ‘feel’ for the canter I’ll need at Training level. We dabbled in several different exercises, which I will do a better recap of in the next couple days.
For now, I am trying to allow their voices to fill my head- specifically the following phrases:
More canter, more engagement!
Thumbs on top! (this having to do with a following elbow/hand)
Use your outside rein, dammit! (shoulder popping is for the dance club)
Lower calf on!! (Keep the whole leg on, not just my ankle/spur kicking)
Upper body back! (pumping is *not* attractive)
(and most importantly…) You can do it!