I had a successful lesson yesterday after a week-long hiatus from my solicited lessons (see previous post for explanation of the un-solicited variety). We worked on promptness to lateral cues and bending. At the trot we did the spiral in and out on a circle drill.
Just a note, THIS is a spiral:
THIS is apparently MY working definition of a spiral:
No, I had not been drinking.
One great thing I did though, was finally grow a pair and ask my trainer if I could film my lesson! She said “of course” so I brought my setup with me yesterday and filmed my whole lesson. I have a Kodak Playsport (nifty little waterproof USB camera capable of filming in HD) and a versatile clamp mount. I set that baby up on one of the beams along the rail in the corner and just pressed record. The memory card I have would have recorded up to and hour and a half but I just needed 45 so it worked brilliantly. The only thing I would do next time is look for a different spot to mount the camera- the angle ended up a little tilted but I didn’t mind too much, this was just a test anyway.
There are SO many benefits to filming a lesson.
- Seeing exactly when you let the outside shoulder go and thus didn’t get the inside hind step you were asking for.
- Hearing your trainer ask you over and over again to bend your elbows (and seeing why) (and yelling at yourself on the screen to freaking LISTEN to her!!)
- Watching your shoulders creep up your neck during a sitting trot
- Finally understanding what leg yield should feel/look like.
- The chance to pay better attention to stuff you missed in the moment because you were focused on something else.
and last, but most important…
- The ability to capture still shots of the .5 seconds you managed to do something right!
Louie is also sporting a new saddle pad! There are always plenty of all-purpose pads available at the barn but sometimes dressage pads can be scarce. My trainer’s dressage saddle is pretty big and an AP pad just doesn’t cut it. I got a super deal on a dressage pad at equestrian collections so I snuck it into the pile. A new pair of brushing boots might sneak in the barn in the coming weeks too since ours are starting to look a little rough.
Looking forward to riding on Tuesday and Wednesday this week!