This was the final meeting before our first club level testing. Our members practiced basic balanced position, jumping position, bending, walking and trotting over ground poles, and some even did a simple course using cavaletti. Unfortunately, we had to quit riding early due to the weather. Luckily our Pony Club Parents are awesome. The parents took care of the horses and the members got some extra horse management practice in. We went over each section of the D-1 Checklist and I'm sure the girls are going to do great at the testing on Saturday.
The girls practiced more with 2-point position, basic balanced position, and bending. We also played a little relay game so they could get a taste of how the Mounted Games are played in Pony Club.
We split into 2 groups. The younger girls got to practice and test each other on some of the Horse Management material to help prepare for their D-1 testing. The older girls got go experience going through an actual jump course using cavalletti.
Homework was to continue to practice bending.
We had a great meeting. Five riders learned about using their inside leg to ask their horses to bend. We learned how to ride a small circle (10 meters) and use your inside leg to gradually push the horse to a larger and larger circle by spiraling back out to a 20 meter circle. We rode a pattern called a serpentine to work even more on bending. Then we set up the cavaletti for trot and canter work.
Homework was to ride patterns around cones, poles, or on the trail and ask your horse to bend. Working more on steering the horses with your legs than with your hands.
Seven riders attended this meeting. After going through a detailed inspection, they mounted up. The members learned more about the basic balanced position and 2-point position. Each rider got the opportunity to practice walking and trotting over low cavaletti while in 2-point. Near the end of the meeting, Mary and Ginger asked to see the members canter to get a better idea of next steps.
Four riders were present with their horses.
Mary and Ginger were instructing together. They introduced basic balanced position and 2-point position. Riders practiced both positions at the walk and trot. They also walked and trotted over ground poles.
It was fun to see the girls ride together as a group. Homework is to practice riding in the basic balanced position and then go up to 2-point for 4-6 strides, then back to basic balanced position.