I have finished Day 1 of the USDF Instructor Workshop on Lungeing with Christin Rivlin at Promontory Equestrian Center in Park City, Utah.
I drive 70 miles round trip each day, which leads me to wonder what "driving" habits I bring to the farm with me.
Some of you may know that I have a Journalism background (resulting in a strong urge to edit things). This habit has carried over to my riding and I find it extremely useful to improving my riding when I am not in the saddle.
Exercise: Ride EVERY stride of a line straightly.
Apply: Pick an EXACT distance to stay off the track and ride your warmup on that inside track. At any moment, you should be able to measure your hoof marks and find that they are within inches of that selected distance. Remember to follow the selected line through your horse's ears.
Continue to do the same on perfect 20-meter circles and diagonals. Remember to focus on the imaginary dotted line from each point, through your horse's ears.
Confirm that you know how to ride the points of the following:
20-meter circle in the center: Hit at E, 2 meters before I on the centerline, B, 2 meters before L on the centerline.
20-meter circle on the ends: Hit at C/A, 4 meters after M/H/K/F on the track, 2 meters past I/L on the centerline.
Diagonals: HXF, KXM
With Barbara heading to Florida, Lauren and I are "taking over" while she is away. Most importantly, I will be keeping her horses in training. In preparation, Barb and I have been working together with all of the horses... so throughout the week, I watch her lessons and she works me through riding all of her horses so I know what to focus on.
If you scroll down my blog page, you will see a post I wrote about writing down what aids you need for each movement at your level.