We learned to do square corners tonight. It was hard for Cooper and myself. We were catching on but will have to practice with this one a lot. I have to learn to release and try it softer, if he doesn't get it then go back to a firmer command. We road a straight line and at the end it was a little like a turn on the haunches while trying to keep jogging and continue on in a straight line again. We did it away from the wall. Cooper would come to a walk most of the time but did do some good turns.
My instructor could see that I was lopsided, my right side was lifted and I was lower on the left (prosthetic side, maybe it's heavier LOL) That is the rotator cuff shoulder that I am going to physio for, I have a hard time bringing the shoulder down right now. Also I don't have a lot of muscle control in either leg but for some reason the left with the prosthetic does a little better, no flopping all over. I had to push down on the right stirrup, put more weight in it, it was very hard. I can't remember what that foot is called, it has an extremely high arch, hammer toes, is that a club foot? or maybe it was the one that was removed was the club foot? I can't push down with the front of that foot either, that is why my heel is so low when riding as I can't push the toes down. I can push up, but not down. I had several surgeries on it as a child and it never corrected it. My foot was actually out of the stirrup even with the elastic on. I think I will bring a stronger elastic to try on the right side.
I am thinking of moving the stirrups back up that one hole and then try to push down into the stirrup. I might eventually manage to bring the legs back and someday remove the elastics too. Of course once I get better balanced, and Cooper too, I may be riding with no stirrups some day.
I have done no stirrup work and a posting trot and jog on the lesson horse before but not with Cooper. He zig zags too much for me to try that yet.