Thursday, March 17, 2011

Things to work on

I've been quietly amassing a list of things I need to work on.  I am definitely going to have to start riding a little more often if I am going to have time to fit all this in.

Not pinching the saddle between my knees — a big, bad habit I've picked up that seems to exacerbate all other problems, including my tension levels and, evidently, Panama's speed.

Controlling Panama's speed with my seat — maybe one day I'll figure this one out.

Transitioning into a canter — I still tend to hunch and pull my heels up going into the canter, though I'm getting better about finding the rhythm once I'm in it.  Still not perfect, but better.  Time to start working on my transition a little more.

Cantering in the two-point — I don't feel comfortable in a two-point at the canter, which is why cantering up to a jump scares me.  I've got to practice this one some more too.

Trotting bareback — totally different type of goal, but I want to start riding bareback more, especially at the trot, so that I start feeling more confident.

Oh, yeah, and one more: Working Panama through distractions outside — since he tends to be very distracted and fast and crazy in the outdoor arena.  It's also been a while since we've ridden out there, because of the winter weather and all, so my trainer wants me to start riding him outside once a week — which means that day I'll be focusing on him as much as, or more than, me.

I can't work on all of this in one practice session or my head will explode.  I really am going to have to start getting out to the barn to ride more often!

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