It was one of those weeks in young horse world. The best kind of week that is. For months now we have been plugging away and helping drive Odin to the right answers and patiently waiting for him to "get" it. And we definitely had a week of getting it.
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The stifle, by the way, seems to be slowly improving so more estrone, more stifle strengthening (thanks for the tips on my last post!) and a long warm up is the current plan.
Anyways, it seems that almost everything came together for Odin this week. In fact, tonight I had the first hack on him that just felt like a hack and not a training session. He was soft and bendy without pulling or dragging on the bit, he was obedient, and he did w/t/c both directions like he has been a riding horse for 20 years.
While I have enjoyed working with him this whole time, there was just something special and almost magical about a ride where it all came together fluidly. Clearly that won't happen everytime, but I love seeing glimpses of the future!
So it became canterpalooza spring 2016. Both directions, simple changes across the diagonal and canter more. Horse thought he was going to die but he did stop swapping in back so her judgement call was accurate.
After a rest, he was then rewarded with jumping. And like any good baby OTTB he instantly forgot how tired he was in order to leap sticks.
He jumped some scary boxes....well, other horses find them to be scary, Odin was largely unconcerned. R2 said she put a tiny smidge of leg on him when he looked and he popped right over. He also cantered a solo vertical and cantered a line. I mean, he cantered it pretty crookedly but let's not get to greedy, mmmkay?
It took a few tries, but then he got across and was rewarded with some nice spring grass.
All in all, Odie has shown he is ready to handle some added pressure/move along a bit in his training so I am excited to see what is next!