I felt like skipping after I rode last night. He was just so darn GOOD!!! We had some lightbulb moments, which was fantastic. We've had so much trouble with staying on the bit on a straight line, but last night we got it! Which is not to say that we're ready for our grand prix debut, but we're making progress.
Back in September we took a lesson with the dressage trainer I adore, and I had him in my head last night. I focused on what he had said about asking him to soften and flex at the poll both ways. So as we're going around the ring, it's flex left-straight-flex right-straight-flex left, etc. I'd kind of tried to do it before without any success, but he started getting it and he went SO much better!
I might be a little biased, but he is such a good looking horse!! (Wearing his new saddle pad!)
OMG I lean forward so much! But he looks good anyway.