Up Close (Ignore the dirty pants, I'm a mess)
So far they have been lucky charms for me. I have had some really solid rides on Stinker. There was the ground pole lesson last week which I already talked about, but I am still really excited about it. Then Friday and Saturday I rode on the hills with no stirrups. So far I am up to almost five hours of no stirrup work (sadly I am not in the running for the competition because they added a must walk trot and canter once a week clause).
The swap in turn out has made Stinker a bit hot to trot, but he is still trying. I have been trying to up the amount of trot work, but it hasn't seem to make a difference. Right now I have him on a one day trot one day walk on the hills schedule and I am trying to mix some canter work in twice a week too. And he is getting ridden six times a week, darn saddlebred energy.
Sometimes I put a blonde wig on my horse and call him Donald Trump
I am still puzzling over the trot work from yesterday. I was happy because he was really stretching down, but he also felt like he was really on the forehand. I could still feel his hind and he wasn't dropping it out behind him like he usually does. But it just wasn't quite right. I decided not to worry about the on the forehand part and let him figure out the stretching since that is more of a challenge. Hopefully, it won't come back to bite me in the butt.
He also gave me some fantastic canter work. The right lead canter felt bang on. Of course I don't have video so I don't know if my feeling is totally out of whack or not. He popped up into the canter (typically it feels more like a rocket launch) was super balanced and listening to my seat instead of just zooming off. The left was pretty good, but he swapped leads over a ground pole. I think it was just in the front, but I am not sure. At any rate I am really pleased with the little Stinker pony and our shiny new lucky charms.