If you remember the post, I started working towards creating good moments in the canter itself first.
I'm now back in the saddle (if not riding well) (SOB), and I was fascinated to see how all the lunging would turn out. Our first intentional canter was last Sunday. It wasn't brilliant, but it was quiet and obedient and check out this canter moment:
Next in the lunging progression was to get the transition into canter more balanced and back-to-front, which took weeks of training to get to and then even more time of careful, thoughtful training to solidify.
|it's actually gotten better but screenshotting lunging video makes me want to gouge my own eyes out|
But. In my lesson this week, Courage apparently decided to discard the "be perfect and take care of mom" card and throw the "right lead is haaaaaard" card in the mix instead.
|um hellooooooo have we met?|
BUT THAT TRANSITION AMIRIGHT
So we had a lot of this in between:
|giant Courage buck!|
Apparently she has some good ideas, too. Weird.
Anyways. I never actually sat down on him because that was too much pressure for his brain that day (plus who are we kidding I suck at riding the canter
|this i will take|
I mean. My feel is waaaay off right now, so I naturally told my trainer how those were our BEST TRANSITIONS EVER and she was like "yes, you're very smart, shut up" and then I watched the video and realized that perhaps our left lead transitions were less stunning.
|feet on ground does = win|
I have a long ways to go in terms of rehab and after this ride I most definitely went home and laid down and took a lot of drugs.
|so thrilled with him|
PS and yes there is video but due to laying down + drugs, I didn't get it edited last night.