|Wouldn't want to make it too easy|
And yeah, didn't fit him at all. Naturally.
Sigh. Back to the drawing board.
We did do some fun stuff.
We put a little baby course together. That's the highest little vertical he's ever jumped! We had to put it up a hole because he started trotting over it when we practiced. And yes, it's his second time jumping a vertical in the arena and my first time riding him over one.
If you ignore me chucking my upper body at him (someone was excited she could finally get out of the saddle), you'll notice me clucking like a freaking chicken to every fence. Hm. That's partially because I have a tendency to chase horses to jumps, but I usually do that when they aren't FORWARD.
It's been such a tricky balance for us--Courage is put together so much better than Cuna that I have to do a lot less to get him where I want him. That said, I haven't really felt him commit to moving forward yet. His back moves, but the energy just wasn't there.
|About 70% more wild than he was for bodywork|
The little dude was an absolute model patient. Once he figured out that the crazy lady was making him feel better, he dropped his head below his withers, licked and chewed, and closed his eyes. According to our practitioner, he is super sore/locked up in his shoulders and all his front ribs were out on both sides.
Good news? He was perfectly symmetrical. She spent a long time on him and gave me some stretches to do that should help him along. Oh, and she said that the work she was doing would allow him to move much more forward.
Perfect. I'm just hoping she hasn't unleashed a monster!