My lessons got swapped around, so Monday was my private lesson. We warmed up with a lot of turns on the hind/fore in motion at the trot, then worked on our trot to canter and canter to trot transitions in a big circle. I had to correct his lead a few times and his right track was a lot sloppier than his left, but his canter was improved. From there we trotted over a pair of perpendicular ground poles (✛) off of the diagonal. He was very awkward about it, so the Trainer switched it around to a group of three ground poles (pushed together) with a set of poles in a chevron shaped guiding line. He was lazy with his back legs, but he didn’t rush and he stayed relatively straight going in and coming out of the exercise.
Tuesday Ezhno was a little bouncy. My thighs were sore, so we spent a lot of time on the posting trot (posting stretch felt good, lol) and then doing more turns on the hind/fore. We worked on his trot to halt transitions (he keeps stopping on his forehand and yanking me forward D:< ) by backing him up or, when that failed, correcting him abruptly and forcing him to trot more instead. We finished with three trot to canter transitions in each direction and then cantered some bigger, non-circular figures in the arena.
Wednesday was… well, it was a pretty disappointing lesson. Ezhno was still really bunched up and locked, so I had to do a lot of work to even get him in a rideable state. There was a lot of miscommunication going on and I was really frustrated. Eventually I got him to stretch a bit, but once we started cantering and working with a cross rail things got worse and Ezhno gave a bit of a scare during a really rocky trot to canter transition. We got the transition, but I bowed out after that.
I took Thanksgiving Thursday to cool off, then on Friday and Saturday we worked more on our trot to canter transitions (with the Triangle exercise!). I gave in and let myself ride in the dressage saddle on Saturday, then I put a bit of time into slowing down his canter using my seat and some counter flexion. I kept both rides pretty short and then we took Sunday off, too.
(Side note: Ezhno hates his new figure 8 noseband with a passion. He sticks his head up to a height that’s just on the border of being impolite whenever I go to bridle him now, and he likes to spray me with snot while we walk to the arena so that I 100% know his feelings on not being able to stick his tongue out. What a brat! He’s lucky he’s so cute.)