You’ve judged pictures of me and my horse before and mentioned that I need to work on more of an uphill balance for First Level. My horse has been leased out for the school year and had some minor issues that he’s coming back from. 2 weeks before I came home he sliced his leg open and got six stitches put in, but now we’re ready to get back to some serious work. We’ve done really well at Training Level, but I’d like to start showing First Level some more, meaning I need to get him balanced less levelly and more uphill. Could you suggest some exercises to help this? I’ve done quite a bit of transition work, but he gets bored after a while and just shuts me out. Yesterday I popped him over a cross-rail or two at about 2′ and our canter work was much improved after, but I’m looking for some other things to try. I’ve done counter-canter work before, but since my leaser was riding at a different level than me, he’s gotten out of shape and more unbalanced.
We have a show coming up in a month or so and I’d like to give First 1 a shot. Also, could you give me some ideas on how to properly teach a good lengthening? He seems to think it just means race. A judge last year said she wrote galloping at the canter for my lengthenings so I’m hoping you could help with that too.
Sorry for this crazy long post, but I’m struggling on my own without a real instructor/trainer for the summer. Here’s a picture of the trot and canter from summer of last year to give you an idea of what I’m working with. I really appreciate your help and if I haven’t mentioned it before, I’m really glad you’ve joined the JMR team.