So.... I'm so confused. I really need to stop thinking so hard when I ride. But it's how I roll. ;) I think that if I understand it, it's easier for me to do it. But I'm not entirely sure that's true.
Regardless... poor Beth. After two days off after FENCE and a good massage session with Kathryn, Fleck and I had a dressage lesson with Beth. I felt like we needed more work on that and since he had just jumped XC and stadium two days prior, there wasn't any need to jump him again so soon. Especially since he jumped like a boss! So we did flat work.
We started with working on getting him really collected. I needed to slow the front feet and get those hind feet dancing! Then from there, I could let him out into a lengthened trot, or even a true medium trot. It was nice!!! We got some really nice uphill steps! However, then it got hard and we started to canter instead of bend around my leg and trot. So then Beth noticed that going across the diagonal, Fleck was very quick to swap from right bend to left bend, but not vice versa. So that got us on a new tangent.
Phew... lots of hard work for us both. But Flecky felt GREAT!!!
The next day we took a breather and just went trail riding with Kelli and Peri. It was fun. It was a quick ride because they both had to get somewhere. So after they had to leave, I grabbed Dan and Fleck and Dan and I went back out. :) We did 3.2 miles the second hack and had fun. We did a good bit of trotting and Dan was great. Fleck felt a little sore in his lower back. But he worked very hard the day before, so I figured a good long stretching hack was good for him. And he seemed to be enjoying himself. :)