On June 25 & 26 we hosted our second clinic at our farm with Jessica Kerschbaumer. Unfortunately due to Sierra getting bred and crappy weather, we only got to ride a handful of times between clinics, but never the less we geared up for another great weekend of learning! We usually host our clinics as weather-pending, in the event that we may get rained out... never did we expect to nearly have to cancel due to extreme heat. The entirety of Western Canada is basically stuck in a bubble being pumped full of hot air, and as the mercury threatens to hit 40 degrees Celsius or more (104F), we are essentially melting.
Instead of cancelling the clinic, we revamped the schedule to avoid the hottest portions of the weekend, while keeping a cooler center-ring stocked full of cool drinks for everyone, and the barn hose basically ran steady keeping horses cool.
Due to changing the schedule, we did a half day on Friday and Sunday, and a full day on Saturday. I chose to only ride Friday and Saturday so that we could wrap up a little earlier on Sunday, which was scheduled to be the hottest day of the weekend.
For my first lesson, we picked up where we left off from the last clinic, and dug back into the exercises to continue connecting Sierra to the left rein and loosening her lower back and pelvis through more lateral articulations. I had previously told Jess that I recognized where I went wrong with Sierra's canter in the past, so besides leaving it alone for the majority of our rides this year the only work in the Canter I have done has just been to go forward on a looser rein large around the arena. I've primarily ridden them in a half seat or two-point to avoid adding any influence from my seat - right now our only goal has been to find an appropriate stride and develop some relaxation in it... eventually.