In the lesson with Bent Branderup we showed what we did the last 5 weeks: transitions to-from schoolhalt. With Bent, we took the schoolhalt a little bit further and started to get some levade/terre a terre direction.
Most surprising is that compared to 2 years ago, when I completely retired him from work, he now keeps his back much more open and lifts in the wither area. Also, he stays more relaxed in his mind. Before, he used to get too nervous and press his back away. And most important: he has such a vibrant energy and drive to work! I am hopeful we still have many beautiful years ahead!
On the photo's:
1. Relaxed focus
2/3. Schoolhalt with focus on bending knees/hocks and lift in the withers.
4. Towards Levade
5/6. From schoolhalt (5) towards schoolwalk (6)
7. In between relaxation in a fabulous trot
8. That deserves a cookie!
9. Towards terre a terre
10. Towards school canter
Photo credits: Maybel Pictures