Last week was a great one! Sometimes in working with a horse it can be frustrating and discouraging. Sometimes I feel I am just not making any progress. I am just not getting anywhere. But not this past week! There are some very basic things that have fallen into place. I have grasped what is needed with the canter.
When I posted a couple of weeks ago about the new level of the canter we were working on and I was concerned that I might not be able to re-create it in the show ring this coming weekend. Well I am not worried about that now. I have a clear idea of how I need to ride to achieve it and Biasini has grasped what he’s being asked for.
Here is a photo that was taken at our last show in Florida. This photo captured a very good moment. I can tell you that we did not have this at all times during our test. So here is what is good about the canter in this photo. You can see that his hindquarters are engaged and he is bringing his hind leg under him. His shoulder and neck are up in front. His neck is rounded and up and his head is at the vertical, nose not behind nor in front. Now we have that canter much more consistently not just for a fleeting moment.
So I am looking forward to the show. I am in my Happy Boots!