We focused on flatwork, and I was really pleased with what Courage gave me. Without further ado...
|Walking in the rain|
We saddled up in a hurry to avoid an incoming rain storm, but somehow ended up in the middle of it. Regardless, Courage is flexing his poll and walking forward.
|Trotting like a hunter|
I'm not asking him to be round and come on the bit at this point. I just want him to carry his head like a horse and give to the bit.
He improves in leaps and bounds every ride.
He's trying to figure his new life out, so he does offer some really nice stretches, but they aren't consistent or into the contact yet. It will come with time. I'm just glad he's thinking about it all.
|On a loose rein|
In the canter, I don't worry about contact right now. I just want him going forward in a good balance and carrying himself. I'm starting to add in circles and ring figures to test his balance.
|Ready for the jumper ring|
Instead, he dropped his croup and gave me the cutest little collected canter through the short side of the arena. I'm still in shock.
|Like a pleasure horse|
Again, it's all on a long rein and his frame/contact is inconsistent right now, but I love that he's experimenting to see what I'm looking for.
|Using that neck.|
We trotted over our tiny pile of poles again, but the little man has totally got it now. I love that he's landing in the canter (on the correct lead), with one ear on me and one looking where he's headed. What a good boy.
His trot isn't dressage ready and it shouldn't be.
That said, he's taking steps in the right direction and it is so fun to be along for the ride. I can't believe how much he's improved in just the last week. What a star.
After our ride was over, he was pretty cute about coming to see her and insisting that she pet him. Even when she tried to walk away, he followed her around the arena.
The result? Super cute closeups.
I love his relaxed posture and kind eye in this shot. Plus his face is just so darn cute.
And this one is beautiful. So thoughtful and strong. He looks like a fancy dressage horse.
But this one has to be my favorite.