I always love a good pictorial progression sequence, so let's look at how Courage's trot has change over the past nine months.
|July 2013. Days off the track. Stiff, neck straight up, willing.|
|Sep 2013. Starting to move, but still really tight in his body.|
|Feb 2014. Body feels better. Now to get broke.|
|Mar 2014. We've had some lessons.|
|Late Mar 2014. In a lesson. Learning about connection.|
|June 2014. Starting to carry himself more correctly.|
|Mid June 2014. Connecting his whole body.|
I tend to get down on myself for not being a good enough rider/trainer/horse person to get my horse to progress, so I'm posting this to remind myself that it's a long process and he's come a really long ways. His last race was less than a year ago. He took the winter off. He's nine years old, and he's still really new to this whole "sporthorse" thing.
So yes, there's more to do. Yes, I have lots to work on.
But hey. Look how cute my horse is! That's what it's all about.