Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Working hard today:)
Love, love, love my boy. He LOVES that HS bit. I rode him today in it with the regular cavesson and he jumped down on the bit faster than you can say "contact"! Friday I rode for a nice solid half hour in his pasture with the halter. He was well behaved and happy to be outside:)
Today I walked him on a loose rein several laps, then cantered in 2-point each way. After he felt a little looser, I settled in to the trot work. I shook it up, circled, came down the quarter line, and reveled in how effortless it was to keep him happily on contact. I then yanked the stirrup leathers off my saddle. I took advantage and did lots of lateral work. Shoulder-in, haunches-in at the walk and trot, shallow serpentine down the long side, leg yield off and back to the rail, TONS of sitting trot. I of course worked the posting trot sans stirrups, but not TOO much because I could slowly feel them going numb:) Practiced the canter transition from the trot on the quarter line straightaway, alternating between correct lead and counter lead. During the 4th upward transition, he got a little fresh and tried to jump around a bit. To combat that, I finished up on the 20m circle both ways and ended with a neat, clean halt. He felt fantastic and amazing today:)
I would LOVE to jump tomorrow, but I'm not sure the ring's soft enough. It is SUPPOSED to rain tonight, so I will pray for rain. If it doesn't rain, I may just school around 2'6 and under, but if it DOES rain, I will raise them all up to 3'. Just have to remember the jumping bridle!