I had my second lesson with Ashley D. She noticed that Kobi looked better: better muscle tone and better ability to bend and flex. She said that he appeared to be listening to my seat better and I had my hands under better control. Success!
Now for our failings…
Kobi keeps falling in on his right shoulder (and has done it for years). It seems as if he gets lazy and drops down expecting me to hold him up…sorry, won’t do it any more! Through many circles, figure eights, and straight aways, we figured Kobi only drops his right shoulder. So anytime he starts to drop it, I’m to ask nicely (at least once) with my calf and rein on that side – if he doesn’t listen then I’m to give him a serious ‘bump’ with my calf and rein to wake him up. Ashley noticed that when we do that, he also raises his head and gets out of frame; hopefully the use of the rein will keep him in frame.
Kobi’s ‘resistance’ to trot while warming up. Again, ask him nicely once or twice, and then bump him hard with my calves (not spurs…sorry Kobi).
I need to sit back more on my pockets and just before asking for a turn, I need to look where I’m going and turn my shoulders (and my seat) in that direction to help set Kobi up for the turn.
I’m going to be giving these things a shot before our next lesson; hopefully she’ll be able to see an improvement then too:)