And it's going to get ugly before it gets pretty.
I've been holding off on pushing Courage to do too much in the sandbox because I didn't want to freak him out and then spend our last derby galloping sideways out of the ring and getting disqualified. That would be dumb. Also, it would not be the first time something like that happened to me.
First level (eek!) means I need to ride better. Courage needs to go in a more uphill balance. We need to develop a comfort level with lengthenings and going sideways, both of which require a loose, moving back, which neither of us are good at. I need to start thinking about sitting trot again, though I don't think I have to be good at it until 2nd level.
We're starting to push my comfort zone, so I need to be consistent about lessons (which also means I need to buy less tack to afford said lessons).
|long lonely nights in the indoor|
I suspect I'll need every minute. 2016, here we come!