Finding The Way Forward
|Looking majestic at snacktime. Maybe one day I'll have actual riding pictures of us doing stuff.|
Ride 1 was phenomenal in the canter work, and walk/trot work after that.
Ride 2 was not quite as good, but I popped EuroPony over a few small fences (crossrails to 2'3") and he was a BEAST - galloping up and over and jumping REALLY well through his body, and to top it off we agreed about every single distance.
Ride 3 was just OK. I think Dino definitely felt sore from using himself so well in the previous two rides, and mentally 3 days in a row of dressage is a lot for him to do without getting bored and cranky. Rapid-fire transitions helped get him back to using himself well, but it was a laborious process.
Ride 4 was a walk around the property to give us both a break! Dino felt AWESOME. I focused on staying as soft as possible and allowing him to march forward and use his body. I was able to get us to the point where me letting out a deep breath caused Dino to bring his back up and stretch over his topline. It felt GREAT! We both definitely needed this decompression ride.
Ride 5 was the paper chase, and you all know how well that went!
|What happens when I try to take confo shots.|
Dino gets today off, then we are headed to a lesson on Wednesday! If all continues to go well, we'll be headed back to Burgundy Hollow next month. With how well Dino's been going at home, I feel good about picking up where we left off and getting back into the swing of things, even if we have to dial it back over fences and won't be jumping right back in at BN this summer. I'm determined to have fun, regardless of what level we're competing at or if we end up competing at all!