Last Saturday, Redheadlins came out to see Courage jump, Alyssa came to take pictures, and theoretically I was going to do the riding, but after cleaning stalls and setting a jump course and it being 105, just no. This office worker was done. Lindsey got to ride instead.
Which is to say, instead of being tied in to our daily battles, she could take more of a long view and look at the progress we're making.
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She commented that he is so much stronger in the trot--when she trotted to a jump, he could take any distance and canter away softly. The canter was coming, but if he got to a funny distance, he didn't have enough tools to fix it yet.
That aligns well with our under saddle work--Courage really has the trot nailed. We're working on the canter and I'm thinking it will be a lot stronger/more balanced come spring.
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Even as he is now though, he's capable of cantering up to a jump softly, jumping the shit out of it, and cantering away. Maybe my hunter really is hiding in there somewhere?
Time will tell on that count.
It was really fun to watch Courage go. I've put all the rides on him this year (except two twenty minute segments by our dressage trainer), which means that A) I'm completely responsible for our progress or lack thereof and B) I only know how he feels, not what he looks like.
He's not polished and perfect by any means. He's not ready to go win a hunter derby tomorrow, or this year, or even next year.
I can already see how the work we've done together is changing his body, his balance, and his mind. I'm really thrilled to keep developing that and see where we can get to.