Today I began our session with practicing slow trotting. I sent him on the circle asking Kai to slow down without breaking gait and put slack in the line. He is learning to need less and less reminders and I am making it his responsibility to maintain the speed. Then we worked on transitions on the circle. Later we also did some stick to me, working on staying in sync at the canter. We then worked on transitions from trot to canter as light as possible.
When his breakfast was ready I asked him for a flying lead change and then I allowed him to eat. When he was done it was time for my lesson with Kaila. I have been having trouble with Kai maintaining gait at the canter. Kaila told me to resend him every time he broke into a trot. The more he did it the faster I needed to go though my phases.
We quit when Kai cantered one lap each direction.
Before the lesson I had been unconfident and I had negative expectations without even knowing. That is why we had so much trouble with cantering. The lesson reminded me once again of the power of expectation.
Friday Nov 6
I had a short session with Kai and progressed to three canter circles in each direction.
I also noticed that the skin on his legs was red and irritated.