The biggest challenge with Valiosa now is to instill that wonderful forwardness.
We’re not free-flowing. She’s not going to be hot, ever; my plan is to come to where she has a good work ethic and will stay reasonably in front of the leg.
It would really help if I could swing more with her from the seat. I don’t have mirrors, and that plan with getting video somehow never materialized. Instead, I see in the pictures how the trot looks a bit short. Not enough movement from the hind.
That’s what you get when you sit there clamming up in the hips like that. We get the same results in posting trot, even with very soft contact.
This is such an incredible difficult sport.
Even the little Scandinavian trainer got bored with our tight little trotting and slumped down in the chair.
OK, so we need more relaxation. More swing. More forward. Less hand fiddling. Less restriction in the hips. I have no idea how to get there, but we’ll do our best.