Hm well I’m not loving this new camera…. I had the same brand but different model and it performed a heck of a lot better then this one did today. Guess it’s a good thing that I was going to give it to the daughter after I buy the Nikon I really want…
Okay so here are some photos of Rugby Guy working Z and I will put in my commentary about what is happening.
Early on in the session. Hello Rugby Guy! Z and the Paint see that a car has mysteriously stopped on the road. They are waiting to see if panthers will exit the SUV and then run like hell if need be.
Rugby Guy works on Z giving to the inside leg on a bend. Her nose is out a bit, neck stiff and she is not very relaxed. Her ears are in listening mode but she is U-shaped in her back and a bit on the forehand. Her neck is very stiff here.
More trot energy here. Head a little a lower.
Atttentive at walk and we are starting to relax but not as relaxed as I eventually want. That’s okay we’ll get there….
Rather relaxed and attentive, here at trot. Not much elevation or energy though. At this point the roundpen ground is slightly uphill.
Compare the previous photo to this one – trotting her more difficult direction. Here she is tenser in the neck, nose is higher and back is flat and becoming u-shaped behind the withers.
This work involves a lot of transitions. Here she has come back to a relaxed walk.
We have added a lot of bends and changes of directions. Here she overcompensates … the nose tilts too much to the inside. This could be too much rein (the rein looks loose so don’t think it would be but cameras don’t catch everything) and her not riding off the leg (which we will eventually tune her to do). Stopping the overbending by asking for less and working her on a bigger arc will be the solution.
End of session, chilling with Rugby Guy and mommy.This session was almost an hour with about 30 minutes or more of riding. The weather had dropped in temp and we had intermittent rain, some sprinkles at the barn but not much. It’s good for her to keep working during these changes and just keep to a schedule to instill that work ethic.
If she has a good session like this on Friday, we’ll take her out to the field for more challenging riding, where she does not have a rail to lean upon. Will see how much she is listening then! LOL!