|The coolest thing I've done lately. Look at him jump across!|
It's a little more interesting if I add "the moving-off-the-leg was a total shit show, but we ended up working through it". But yeah, still not super interesting. It's putting a basic foundation on a green horse and it's fully as dull to write about as it is critical to future success.
So instead, let's look at some fun videos of what we've been working on lately.
Super exciting flat work (I kid, it's boring as hell but it is an accurate reflection of where we're at):
Courage does some wee baby jumping with me:
Courage does flying changes (first post-track!) and jumps with Lindsey up:
And then our jump video playing with a zig zag cross rails pattern:
See, I look at those videos and I have a hard time getting excited because all I see are things to work on and improve. I have to circle back around and remind myself that this is what our flat work looked like a year ago:
And this is some early "course work":
|Build that neck!|
So yes. It's easy for me to get hung up on how Courage isn't a finished show horse and everything we do leaves a lot to be desired, but I love these little progress checks to remind me that a year ago, my horse was fresh off the track and knew literally nothing. Our 20m circles are boring, sure, but he's balanced enough to do them now.
We maybe aren't jumping big giant jumps and blowing away our competition, but his courses are more complex. He understands the questions. He's balanced through the turns. He's learning and growing and improving and that is the whole freaking point.