|Calm and classy|
I took his stunning lunging picture last week and I realized that I wanted that same balance and cadence under saddle.
So I rode a little better.
And Redheadlins took video.
I appreciated the time she put in to it, and I decided that I wanted to take it up another level. In the video, I just see a horse that could do so much better and a rider who's ineffective.
|Dat face doh|
Instead, I found myself hopping on in arena traffic. He came out a little snarky and even gave a buck when I tapped him behind my leg with my whip. C-rage for sure!
We both took that as incentive. I rode him forward into a steady contact and reinforced my leg with my whip to get him more responsive. We cantered before we trotted to get his back loose.
Every stride, I asked myself, "What about this ride is different because I am in the irons?"
|Making a difference|
He did some of his best work ever. Period. Flatwork is so ridiculously easy for this horse.
We wrapped up our ride with a little hack around the field.
When I got off, I was in a much better place mentally. Life will spin out of control anytime it feels like it, but I can take my little corner and actively make it better. With Courage, I don't have to settle for the status quo. Why just let him be my respite when together we can add just a little bit of relaxation and control?
I don't know what I'd do without my little man.