OMG! Only other DQs could understand how much FUN that was... and what a milestone that is. Of course, it was on the little lesson "hony" that I ride. She's a maybe 14.2h Arab mare who's 27 years young. It was a blast. Since I moved the boys to a new barn, I'm only at my old barn on lesson days (Wednesdays)... so I only ride her on those days. Needless to say, I'm so happy that I've progressed to canter half-passes (which are way more fun then the trot half-pass).
Amazing what happened when it finally "clicked". Inside leg adds the impulsion to go forward, but you think backward and you move sideways. Sheesh. Least that's how my trainer broke the steps down for me. I can be quite dyslexic at times, so I'm proud of myself for finally figuring it all out.
Half-passes seem so daunting at first, but once you put all the steps (shoulder-in, leg-yield, renvers & haunches-in...) together, it is quite simple. Or, it's quite simple on a very well trained horse.
Here's a photo of the little Arab I ride in my lessons... taken last fall. She's a doll.
Me too. I was cantering up the field when a buzzard took off out of the hedge with a rabbit and in an instant I had a perfect half passe.
Well done though. Nice horse.
It was so much fun. I also got an EXTENDED trot , when I was really asking for a trot lengthening (and I caught some good air time those first couple strides too ). The little mare just out-did herself yesterday. She's a blast to ride though.
It's so much fun to finally figure things out, and do them correctly. And like pintopiaffe stated, THAT is why we stick it out.
She is a cute mare too, isn't she? Too bad she's not mine . But, I got my pasture fluff boys .
Taffy's getting pretty good at picking them back up (Has been trained for high level than I am) Now, we have to work on flying changes in the corner so we don't fall over. Though, he does them pretty well in extended canter..