|Look! A neck!|
Yes folks, we have entered the phase of training where I actually have to work again. Huh. I was liking this "cruise on the buckle and do nothing" phase, but I guess steering and a topline would be nice too.
|Figuring out contact|
As per his schedule, he had the following day off. I worked him Monday, but we kept it easy because we had something else to get done first. More on that eventually.
|Cute trotting picture|
I felt moderately successful. I need to get my timing better and make my aids clearer, but the two of us are muddling along pretty well. After he gave me some really nice work, we took a break to get pictures of Diva doing some fun stuff. I have to say, I love that I can just drop the reins and wield a camera while my recent OTTB just chills out. It's pretty amazing.
|Proof of circle|
He was similarly awesome to the left--forward and easy and lovely transition.
|left of center|
Still. He likes to go over things and he clicked into gear, so I aimed for another pile. I tried to keep him straight to the poles with my leg on and make it clear where I wanted him to go.
He sort of skidded to a stop, but I was like "No way, no how. Forward over the poles."
And he jumped! His first actual little baby jump! Front end, then back end, and he was every semi-coordinated about it. He cantered off and seemed quite proud of himself as I praised him effusively for being such a genius.
|My amazing greenie eq|
|Cantering off like a grownup!!|
We have plenty to work on (jump ahead much?), but I am thrilled with how well he's doing, especially since his training schedule seems to be primarily days off.