Last week, several of those rides where I seriously considered the sanity in doing this.
Backing and training a young horse, spending endless time effort and resources on getting her to be a decent citizen. All the while having so many things go wrong. Some days she still feels barely greenbroke.
Then a ride here and there will be a giant step forward, and it all seems worth it.
Lately, the canter has been a major sticking point. Getting worse. Irregular, fourbeat, sticky, hesitant, tight, low, crabby, small, you name it. Definitely not improving.
Just like you, I’ve tried all sorts of ways to help create a more free-flowing, ground winning, basic canter. How hard can it be, right?! She doesn’t care. We Crab-Canter on…
No wait, I actually really like her right there above, but it doesn’t last for long. Then she dives down again, looses rhythm, or canters like a Weiner dog.
On her own, it’s a bit better sometimes. If you don’t love to be greeted like this (And all for a cookie, really!?…) then something is wrong.
End of post. No major reveal at the end. But this should all make you feel a lot better about whatever sticky situation you’re dealing with. At least you got this down!
Continuing the slow death of Short Stabby Strides. I’ll let you know when we get through this. 🙂 Have an awesome Monday!