Cisco has been giving me some really good rides lately. He's been super relaxed and trying really hard. We still have to work on our forward - I think that's going to be a lifelong issue with my naturally lazy-ish horse. I've been schooling a ton of transitions, including halt/trot, and he gets those pretty easily and with energy, and then as we are trotting around he settles himself into a trot that's just a little behind my leg. I'll be doing transitions within the gait for days and days. So exhausting.
|Post-ride selfie after a really good ride last week. Cisco is a hugger.|
Cisco was super! We did the single crosspole a couple of times and he was straight and on a very light rein. He didn't put much effort into it, but we're still in the just get to the other side phase, so I'm not worried.
Then we attempted the line that had been a one to a one stride. Were not ready for that yet. But I left the placement pole in front and left the pole down for the first one stride. He looked but didn't really even hesitate and on the second time through had the idea of cantering over the pole. So I left it there, really happy with him.
I was hoping to do something with Phantom to get her moving a bit but the expected crappy weather had hit and I didn't want to be out too late. She's definitely sore in her left hock but it gets better with movement so I'm pretty sure she's decided that since it's gotten cold she's feeling her age. She'll just get some light work for the next couple of weeks as I can manage (not that I'll be up to doing much anyways) and I'll have to remember to bute her for her next farrier appointment.
|Hoping I don't see her behind Cisco and make her start to run again.|
I'm glad that your rides are going well. Good luck with your surgery.ReplyDelete
I love your jumps, they're painted so nicely! Good luck with your surgery , can't wait to hear how your lessons are going!ReplyDelete
the cross rail with placing poles is one of my favorite exorcises ;)ReplyDelete