This morning's lesson was blargh. Saga started off goofy, since we had a cold front move in last night. He settled down fairly quickly but was falling in on his left shoulder more than usual. I feel like I'm using a ton of left leg to hold him up, but it was still hard for him to be straight. His left-lead canter was surprisingly balanced given how much he was falling in, but on his right lead he sort of motored along. Our canter transitions are still a mess - if I insist on riding him upward in a balanced transition, he pins his ears and kicks out, especially on the left lead. If I let him canter on his own, he falls into it, often running a number of steps. I'm not even sure where to start fixing this problem - I'd love to do some transition work on the longe line so I can see how Saga does without me mucking him up, but I don't currently have anywhere I can longe. There are days when I really, really miss boarding at a place that has an all-weather round pen!
Over fences, our trot work was either rushed or so slow and lacking energy that Saga was nearly falling over the fence. I couldn't keep my heels down, and my shoulders kept rounding on the landing. Canter was a bit better, but I was back to my old habits over the top of the fence. Argh! On the bright side, I am getting much better at riding the approach quietly and not meddling, as well as jumping with the horse regardless of where he takes off. It's like I can only focus on riding up to the fence, and then completely lose sight of the actual fence and riding away from it. So. Frustrating.
Anybody got any tips for keeping it all together?