I mentioned that I thought Courage would be wild Monday due to having the whole weekend off.
We had a great ride with lots of quality work.
|That mean, horrible happymouth mullen|
I hopped on, Courage meandered around the arena until he saw his "spooky spot", and then his whole body locked on and his brain nearly left his head.
Oh the joys of a freshly-clipped fit horse on a brisk fall day.
|Developing some softness in the canter|
And then I was like "Well hell, if he's being this good, he might as well jump anyways".
So we did. We cantered around and did some skinnies and little 2' verticals and I worked on neither pushing nor pulling--just sitting chilly and letting him canter to the base in a good rhythm without jetting off after.
|Well that looks good|
It's not just about this particular ride--it's about him recognizing me as leader in difficult situations. Today, it was in our home arena. Next year? Hopefully we can have the same conversation in a show arena, but it will go even more smoothly because of all the time I've put in doing work like this.