Sunday, November 7, 2010

I don't need a parachute

Tina Tuner hair, kickin' new blanket.
The week, like the weather, passed by quickly. There's a lot moving around now, and there are a lot of things that are in the air at the moment. But the one thing that remains consistent is Sinari.

We spent the week in and out of the arena, with a quick body clip that nearly ended in disaster- the blades flew off as I was finishing up some spots on the left. Hilarity ensued.  Overall she's there, and doing pretty fantastic.

Monday we pulled an exercise from the Gal clinic about making the gaits adjustable. Went out to a field and worked on compressing the walk.

I had forgot to do October wrap up and update for November goals. Now that we're about two weeks into the month, and finally able to focus on what we did and where we're going in the final two months of the year.

October's Goals:
-Conditioning/get back into a solid four day week schedule.
Somewhat achieved. Some days my schedule over rode what was going on at the barn, but for the most part we were working four days a week. We did get out in the fields (which softened due to rain).

-On the aids changes
Achieved. She is way sharper to the point where she threw good fours in for giggles. She's always been crack about the fun stuff.

-Transitions
Cleaner, but need to refocus on the quality of transitions- as in not becoming too straight in them.

-Add more lateral work
Score. Leg yields and a few other things. She does fantastic shoulder in now, but occasionally looses energy.

-Consistency
Way better, but she still tires more left than right. But looks like we're on track for a 2011 FEI premier.

November goals:
-Flexion. More permeable on the inside to an adjusting aid.
-Transitions in and out of gaits and between gaits. Reaching more for 8's now instead of 7's.
-Halt, reinback walk transitions
-Fit enough to run through 3-1 or 3-2.
-Snowbird entry.

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