Spring Schooling Update

Taking full advantage of some more forward!

She’s been fun to ride! Still twisty-and-resisty, but we work together in a whole different way now.

softer trot

It sank in one day that no one’s really going to show up and install any sort of shoulder in button. Or haunches in. Or any other button…

And no one’s going to really say if /when we’re ready for it either…

better hind leg in trot

So, on my own I’ve played with Valiosa a few times with it and she’s responding well. Experimenting – helps if you know how to train the horse to do it.

Well, details. Then back to hind-pushing-straight focus. (It’s hard!)

No pictures of that, but if she wants to go along, maybe another time.

straight in trot
Awesome mare!

Figured out a mistake – trying to introduce quarter turns in canter. She can do them, good actually, but our focus should be on going forward in canter.

crab canter

Love it when she can stay under the seat like this, true on the outside rein, but to be more “real” the canter has to be more forward. With the front hooves coming off the ground a little more πŸ™‚

stronger hind end in canter

Valiosa says – Good luck with that, that’s exhausting, I canter how I canter

We’ll see how that goes this summer!

dressage with gray mare

more forward canter

Few days ago – a lesson for the first time in a month.

That’s all the excitement this time. So many pictures…
Still awake?

dressage with half andalusian mare

10 thoughts on “Spring Schooling Update

    1. Usually it’s always my oldest son, he’s been a champ with coming out sometimes on weekends or schoolbreaks and taking pictures for me. This time, it was my husband, who’s even harder to bribe πŸ˜‰
      They really appreciate comments where people like their pictures, thank you!


  1. Asleep or visualizing in the last photo? My guess is you want Miss Valiosa to levitate while cantering. “Look! No feet on the ground.” It certainly seems the few days off from Valiosa’s owie are paying dividends.

    Returned home earlier this evening. It’ll be three weeks home, mostly to prepare for the Texas shows next month. A few other things as well.

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    1. Yes, Visualizing levitation! πŸ˜‰ It seems to help πŸ™‚
      It’s always a hard balance – giving time off, to where they come back refreshed and renewed, but not resting too much to where they turn in to a “grass potato.”
      Right now, things are going well, but wow, this week I can tell that she’s getting FAT! SO much grass, and spring has been mild, so it won’t burn off this month. Serious weight gain on her 24/7 buffet…
      Hope S. Cal treated you well. Enjoy your first spring at the new property!


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