Our water jump has become a mud pit
When Stinker gets on a straight line in the trot, he tends to lock up his shoulders. It is kind of like losing breaks and power steering. You can get him to cover less ground but the feet don't stop moving. You can turn him, but it lacks some finesse. Mostly it feels like an excitement thing...him saying "YAY!!! WE GO!" The only way I have figured out how to break this up are lots of circles and lateral movements.
So much darkness now
Fun fact, my horse apparently trots better over the poles when I put him in a slight shoulder fore or slight leg yield over them. He is getting a lot more consistent in half halting and slowing the front legs. They are still quicker than the hind. Some how I need to figure out how to jazz up the hind while slowing up the front. I think that will be a lifetime project with him.
Sweaty pony made me paranoid about saddle fit #crazyowner
After he did really well with the trot I decided to canter him a bit to see how that would go. I also asked S to set up two canter poles for us. The first time over them was hysterical. I think it caught him off guard because his front feet came up high enough for me to see them (because I stare at his neck forever and always). It was like an extended trot toe flick at the canter. He is such a nut.
Overall, I was really pleased with the canter. It needs a lot of work and so does the trot, but at least we are trying. And I no longer feel like we are totally out of control, so that is a plus. I really need to figure out how to work on transitions without him losing his mind. If I could get those cleaned up it would make things a lot easier on me. Right now, he takes it to mean that he did something wrong and gets frustrated. Darn over achiever.