Haven’t had any ‘new’ photos really of Jake for awhile; BUT, he did have his third grade 1 competition last weekend and managed to win overall champion (with 88% in one test, winning by about 15%!). I’ve got a great coach now who I’ve been working with for a few months and we’ve been focused on getting him to better ‘use himself’, as well as trying to get him to settle into the lateral work that he doesn’t like (travers is a problem; renvers and half-pass aren’t a problem though which is something I’m trying to figure out!).
From the three pictures I’ve posted above, is there anything that I should be focusing on? Also; I’ve been trying to find a way to develop that part on his rump that has sort of a ‘line’ down halfway horizontally-ish; would you know any exercises I can use to strengthen this area? I’ve been doing a lot of work within the paces (collected-medium-extended-medium-collected etc), as well as transitions (walk/canter/walk), simple changes, and a stack of lateral work (leg yield, shoulder-in, half-pass in trot & canter, walk pirouettes), as well as canter & counter canter, but no matter what I do, I just can’t seem to get rid of that under-developed bit of muscle! He had to have 6 weeks off in January with a leg injury and lost a lot of muscle then but has mostly put it back, aside from there!
Thanks in advance!