I haven’t written a lot about Valiosa’s training lately.
It’s coming along. Although not exactly with any huge improvements. Not because she’s throwing tantrums, spooking, rushing, or pulling off little 4-year old tricks – she’s simply the kindest young horse I have ever met; always a love to be with.
It’s mostly because we haven’t found the true forward feel yet. At all. Making it so much harder to feel connected, and we’re still pretty much working on just the very basics.
Still eons from being straight. Still with random shoulders that seem to fall in, or fall out at any given time. Still posting most of the time as she feels too green to really sit.
We often get a twisty thing at the poll going on.
Yes, in both directions. – “An’ you can float your little hands as much as you like, I’m just gonna keep trottin’ all bent like dis, thank you very much”
I’m sure we’ll figure it out eventually…
As we no longer have any real trail riding opportunities, I limit the riding days to 3 per week, and do two short sessions on the lunge. Several times with the Chambon now, which has worked very well for her. Stretching down, relaxed, moving with a loose back, which has been a big challenge for her. A couple of times I’ve jogged around the arena with her like that, taking a break from everything and anything, just having fun.
Then of course new problems crop up and she sometimes wants to be an overachiever at the stretchy trot, stretching super low.
This weekend will be a big change in routines, as she’ll get to do her very first show. But first, the Oldenburg Inspection with my friend’s filly and mare! More about both events later.
To make things more interesting, there’s a disgusting 109 F (43 C) predicted for Folsom this Friday, along with a row of several days above 100. Because it makes you look so good while wearing white.