Suddenly couch stuck.
Some cold, or respiratory thing, or some other unnecessary road-block to fun.
Not sure who ordered it. Sure wasn’t me! Because I’m stuck at home for a bit, today is another photo bomb.
She has both filled out with muscle just a little, and gained some more power on the trot diagonal. It doesn’t fizz out half way anymore.
After babying her for so long with just short periods of sitting trot, it’s time for her to accept working like that too.
Accept is the key word there… Her go-to move is to immediately resist as long as it doesn’t feel exactly right to her. If I ever needed a horse teaching a more following seat and hip joint, she’s it. So, hmmm, thank you?
Stay well, and have a fun weekend!
Here’s where she is in the training.
Or, full disclosure, here’s where she is for 3 seconds in the training!
The canter is really coming along, which is so encouraging! Right now our problem is to stay within the set tempo.
Earlier, she’d rather not bother to canter much at all. Now, she’s gotten stronger and rounder over her back, and has decided it should be done with gusto, faster and faster. Or yeah, not-at-all-thank-you-very-much-I’m-stopping-alltogether-now.
Have to regulate it just right. Last week, that seemed like it would take forever. She hated it. Then Friday I tried some (almost) serpentine work just for kicks and she stayed so soft and controlled through the turn on both leads.
Thrilled with her! Paying NO attention to transitions that time. Would have been too much…
Trying to leg yield both to, and away from, the rail. Sometimes it works.
Another great thing (but at the same time challenging for now.) is a huge amount of blow/snorting during the canter. She used to be quiet, never breathing all the way through, not truly releasing and giving the feeling she was working in it.
Several rides she’s done so much relaxing and blowing that we completely fall apart and have to start over. Very good problem to have! Just need to figure out how to allow it to happen and carry on, earlier.
On her own she’d never come up with the idea of offering a big trot.
Or an elastic one. Or relaxed. Or a balanced, willing, and ground winning canter. That’d be way too easy right? Every ride, it all has to be created from scratch. Sometimes it feels like it would be really rewarding if she’d just be offering something voluntarily on her own 🙂
Then again, it’s really interesting to be doing this, to see where she can go. So happy to have her, if hundreds of images of the same horse wasn’t a tip-off.
Living with other horses has really made her happy. Screaming to them while under saddle is not welcome though. As it is strictly Verboten, her latest thing is to let out a looong sort of “under-the-breath” squeal while still continuing work.
Feels like riding a female walrus, or let’s make it seal – more flattering – her back vibrating while she’s making code noises to them. I should get mad, really, but she’s just so silly.
OK, so she’s showed well at Intro, and Training, plus the very first test at First Level. It’s been my goal from start to bring her to Second Level. Very lofty ideas!
I have a little bit more help now. So happy about that!
How fun it would be to work on getting a Bronze Medal with this horse!!
Actually, someone is probably not going to let me hunt scores on their “better trained and higher level” horse, so yes, it’s going to have to be her! ♥
Hey can we talk?
Temporary training roadblocks. What have you done with them? If short on blogging material, I’d love to read it.
We’ve had a couple of excellent rides, there’s been some OK counter canter on shallow loops along the long side and other small parts are coming together.
In between, some really horrid rides. Not extremely disobedient or dangerous, that’s not how this mare rolls, just unproductive, nagging, (on my part.) and I end up stuck arguing with her about shoulders instead of riding from the leg and focusing on pushing the hand forward.
I’m smart enough to know not every ride is going to be great.
The girls, getting wide on pasture.
But I’d love to read your posts on which ever roadblocks you’ve pushed through with your horse, and what solved them in the end. I think it’d be a really fun read! Fire away!
That’s all from the hill.