Wiped. Going to bed soon. Don't feel up also uploading videos, so here's just some screencaps from the lesson today.
Didn't post about it, but we had a flat lesson on Sunday, mostly working on transitions up and down. Canter to halt needs some work. :)
Okay, ignore my position and look at him. :)
His "I'm so awesome" face.
Yes, he really does this.
Anyway, today started with a nice warmup, then some trot poles and large circles before we started the meat of the lesson. Basically, Jessica wanted us to use a couple of jumps and progressively come at them from different gaits so I could see how it felt and changed his jump and how we had to approach them, etc.
So it went like: normal trot->extended trot->collected trot
Then -> normal canter->extended canter->collected canter
More or less, we changed up the sequence a bit here and there but that was the idea. There was definitely a difference in how he (we?) jumped depending on how we came in and how stretched out or compacted he was. It was pretty neat to feel.
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