"You need to be more demanding."
He's right. At second, judges want to see a sharp, workman like test. The halt needs to be trot-halt-trot, not trot... walk a step... halt... stutter back to a trot, like was acceptable at first. When I work on my own, I try to make my movements correct and precise, but there's a whole 'nother level of accuracy when someone is yelling at your in a lesson. Everything needs more bend, more expression, more obedience, more precision.
Take our walk-canter transitions, for instance. I thought they were decent (I mean, we didn't have one like 3 months ago), but decent - with a step of trot - is not enough. THIS is what he wants:
Ignore the part where I push his haunches to the inside the step before the depart and look at how awesome my horse is.
We also worked on improving his gaits, especially the trot. We did a lot of renvers on the circle (ok, I tried to do renvers on a circle, but it's hard and I'm struggling with timing and body position).
I really need to step in the direction I'm going and get my hands right. But Taran is trying hard and the sky is so pretty!
All the time like this please.
But riding that uphill, balanced, expressive wave is hard, and it's all too easy to get a little quick and on the forehand:
So, I gotta be more demanding, of both myself and my horse. Maybe that's my mantra for 2017?
What about you? What's your biggest struggle right now?