Volunteering at last weekends’ clinic, a definite inspiration!
Our local chapter held a 2-Day “Fix-A-Text” format clinic at Clay Station Ranch with Sue Curry. The auditing serves as my inspiration for this week.
Many horses, at all levels. Especially liked watching the younger ones, coping with the pressure of the clinic and an absolute storm with howling wind and rain! There was a very expressive 6-year old Warmblood mare I envied, and then a true training success story…
A 5-year old Off The Track Thoroughbred riding at First Level. Calm and attentive and he did great. She’d had him for just 2 months, he’s just starting out!
I didn’t have time to ask permission to publish a picture, so this is all you get.
Thought they were a pretty cool inspiration.
In the meantime, back home at the farm:
Valiosa have not advanced much in her lateral work with me. Yet. I have touched on the leg yield with her. We’re far from free-flowing. Engagement will help with that. (Just waiting for her to propose I guess.)
Pictures are from earlier this winter, but it’s still all the same.
Setting up straight on the quarterline. Yes!
Then, it unravels and the shoulders lead. Half halting here only makes her loose tempo completely, so I try to just go back to straight.
One day we’ll figure it out! Just not today.
Testing out some shoulder in, or really more like shoulder fore along the longside. A few steps, very happy with that.
It’s her first exposure to any of this. And my first time actually trying to teach it, not just riding it. Yep, doing this on my own is not exactly a confidence builder. :- 〉