Annie had her first big adventure which turned out to be a whole lot of firsts! Her first trip away from home, her first time cantering on her right lead without trying to buck me off, her first time through a gymnastic, first time over a vertical, first time over a bounce. I was really surprised by what she accomplished and the things that she did.
She handled herself like a champ and really stepped up to the level of work I was asked to push her to. I found out that she's ready for me to start really asking her to do things now, to develop a better trot, to respond to my aids faster, to canter more, to do some more complicated jumping. I got a couple tips on how to prevent bucking when I ask her to go more forward that worked out really well. As well as the level of work I should start asking for and expecting. I spend so much time fixing naughty horses that I'm usually just happy to stay on top and I miss when it's time to ask for even more. She fussed a few times being asked to really go but for the most part she was well behaved. She earned herself a few days off after her adventure and I think I have too!
You can really tell where her holes are (and mine, I celebrate the end of my grids and forget about riding to the end of the ring, sigh) but overall I was happy, and we'll have to see how far she gets in the jumping.
As our 'horses' seem to be spiritual twins (bucks, worries, bucks), your description made them sound like physical twins as well.
Your mare is svelte and well-manicured compared to my 'fat, short, and very hairy' equine. I'm also not up to poles yet, just still working on relaxing and going forward -- so you guys look great to me.
Also, I must confess that the first time I sit on a horse I have someone lead me around over poles. I think it helps keep their minds off bucking, and when I start steering on my own it helps ME ask them to be straight and forward.
Last edited by enjoytheride; Jan. 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM.