Very excited about the past few rides I had on sun, mon and today.
I noticed a spur rub on Baron’s right side the other day, so since then I’ve been riding without spurs (rubbed the hair off, but no bleeding or redness).
He’s definitely on the slow side, so I traded my spurs for a dressage whip. He was a little heavy on Sunday, he usually is after a day off, but otherwise he felt really great at the trot.
Over the next 2 days, the trot was just as good, and without being heavy on the forehand. I’m not sure how it looked, but his stride just felt better. Sometimes warming up, he felt “floppy” if you will. Shorter, choppy, bouncy - not really paying attention - youngster stride. Since I didn’t have the extra help of spurs, I felt I had to drive him forward more with all of my leg and even my seat a little bit. I’m not sure if it’s because he’s mentally picking things up, or due to physical development, instead of resisting - he pleasantly stayed in front of my leg. His stride was bigger and longer, not faster though. He was poking his nose forward a little, stretching through his neck and back, and really driving himself from his hind end. It felt wonderful - like I had discovered a whole new gear.
Yesterday and today, this trot was even more consistent from the beginning, during turns and when changing diagonals. I also stayed seated more at the canter, and kept the lead while changing directions and worked on some counter cantering (which he did well with)
My Sunday ride was a bit longer - riding until he lightened up on the forehand, but he was so great yesterday and today from the get go, that I kept the rides shorter.
He has a well deserved day off tomorrow, and I’ll finish the week with rides on Thursday and Friday 👍
I guess Jolie was a good investment. I’ve already gotten some email inquiries and offers for her - from people seeing her training videos.
Feeling slightly confused, but flattered and excited 😊
nycequestrian asked: I love your blog. It gives me hope that one day I'll be able to work hard enough to have my own horse. :)
Thank you so much! 😊
Yes you can!! That’s one of the reasons I have this tumblr. It took me a while to figure things out in life (and lord knows I’m still learning as I go), but of I can do it, ANYONE can! 👍