We had a private lesson today with Claudia. Finally they got to have some activity — we’ve been out of classes for 2 weeks and it’s been too snowy outside to get any training in.
We ran one course. It wasn’t terribly difficult, but it was quite technical.
We actually did a lot of work on technical skills — discriminations, queuing deceleration and turns, extension and working on rear crosses. Skills is what we worked on for the remainder of the lesson — which we really needed.
I got a lot of good advice today. Probably the most important thing was that I need to get better about giving Riot more positive feedback more often. We were working on rear crosses and started the sequence with a jump, followed by a tunnel/dog walk discrimination (taking the tunnel), followed by a jump, rear-crossed to another jump. The first few times we did this, we didn’t have an issue with the discrimination, but the more we did it, the more confusion we saw with the discrimination. Part of this probably was that never once was he praised for making the right decision and doing the tunnel. I asked Claudia to get on me about that in pre-comp next session.