Canter work showed some real progress, and we got a few strides here and there of nice round pony working on a proper bend. My homework is to insist she carries herself in the canter, and when I get a response to remember to give that inside rein (that I love to hang on). EC feels pony is strong enough now to carry herself properly in the canter, so it's up to me to teach her that yes, that is what we want and then to make it happen when I ask. When she gets resistant, I'm to go back to (collected) trot and almost exaggerate the bend and roundness and weight on the hindquarters before transitioning back to canter. Essentially saying "Here, you can do it in trot, now that you are stronger this is what we'd like in canter too."
|Dressage pony in the making|