So I promised to share some pictures from when Linda rode Mat. Sorry it has taken a while but here we go.
They were doing loads of work without stirrups and on the Franklin Balls to find the middle, get more supple and more deep and soft in the seat. The Franklin Balls are absolutely great for that.
They were also working on the horse’s suppleness by doing travers and half passes as they went on in the lesson.
After that when both horse and rider felt straight, supple and quick they went on to work on flying changes.
Mat is a big, powerful and strong horse with a bit of a poor self balance so to get the right amount of support and self carriage is always a thing the riders has to help him with. He does changes down to one times, which is his party trick, but to be able to really ride and make the change “yours” and of good quality still is important! They did a really great job and after a bit of trial and error they started speaking the same language and the changes got beautiful!
I love to watch lessons and see how they evolve, what they work on, how the teacher helps the client throughout the session, potential issues or problems how they get solved and also if it’s different or the same as I am seeing. I think it is an absolutely excellent way to widen my own experience and knowledge.
I love to do sneak shots because you can see the genuine feeling not something posed. And judging by this one – I would say she really enjoyed herself!
Til the next time.