Valiosa’s work in the arena has not exactly made a linear progression.
For several weeks, we haven’t exactly become all that much better in there. Apparently I’ve been asking too little, been a little too lenient.
I haven’t been wanting to push her at all. Rush, push, force – seen too much of it, – so her ridden arena work has been very short, 12 – 15 minutes most days, after lunging.
Well, since I do want her to progress, this has been her first week of actually having to apply her self a bit more and become more attentive to the aids. More reports on that later once we’ve been going for a couple of weeks.
The good part is that she’s become an easy trail riding horse.
With just a few rides, she now takes most things in stride. Goes out alone, crosses water, walks fairly relaxed past most things, loads in and out of the trailer easily. And is very mature about being tied to the trailer, such a nice quality to have.
Traylor Ranch – Christmas Break
Traylor Ranch – Easter Break
Rides easily across this bridge, which we hand walked over back in December in the picture below.
Super brave, it’s fun to take her along to new experiences, no matter how small. Last week she trailered out twice with me and Nancy to another large outdoor arena. Her first time with other horses also lunging, riding, and walking around the perimeter of the arena. Scary stuff, but she settled at the end and did fairly well with it.
Might get to take her out there again this week. Time consuming, but worth it.
Wish us luck with the continued introduction to dressage work!