|On the Routeburn track|
Some of that stuff was so ingrained that I didn't even notice he did it, I am only realizing it now that it has changed.
His canter was a little stiff on Saturday but he warmed up into a really nice, soft canter. It is still an awful lot of work and calf to hold him in that really nice canter. Worth it, and as he gets stronger and builds up his back muscles that will get easier and easier. He was lifting his back more in the trot which hopefully means his back is feeling better.
|Looking at Lake Wakatipu. One day horse pictures, I swear.|
The real kicker for improvement was yesterday. I had a rare work holiday (this is one of the few "extra" days off we get) and had an amazing ride. He was the most relaxed I have ever felt. 3 different people commented on how relaxed he looks so it wasn't just all in my head. It was warmer so he didn't start out stiff at all and he was totally happy to trot around with his head down and actually using his hind end. The canter started out nice and stayed that way. After cantering, he quickly settled back down into that lovely trot. We added poles and he went through them steadily. I literally had zero complaints. It was an easy, fun ride with no stress.
Trainer R had mentioned that she was done installing basics and expected him to start to progress more quickly now but this still kind of caught me off guard. This horse has lept back to the starting line too many times for me to get my hopes too high, but could this be him turning the corner and growing up? Could we finally lose the drama and make it work? I sure hope so.
|At our old barn, about a year ago.|