The Daily Grind
|U GOT SNAX, YES?|
So, it's been busy to say the least.
We jumped around a bit one day, as much as our very dry footing would allow, and Dino was a champ. He was feeling pretty lazy since it was his second day in a row in the ring at home, and I was exhausted and not helping the situation. Even so, he took every fence without question, even if he was going so slow that he put in a chip at the last second about 25% of the time. My brain was awesome, and I never once thought about not jumping something. Win! As much as I could, I worked on finding the forward, self-sustaining, uphill canter that makes jumping oh-so-easy.
On the flat, I've been focusing on getting Dino softer over his back and really through and stepping into the bridle, instead of hiding just behind the bit. He's been almost TOO soft in the contact lately, so the dressage has featured a lot of stretchy work and a concentration on straightness. Once EuroPony gets his body straight, it's WAY easier for him to go in a more connected, through fashion. When Dino starts to feel like he could go down for a good, connected stretch at any moment, that's when I know we've hit the sweet spot.
|His neck is so great.|
I even picked up a new catch ride! My fellow boarder is going to be unable to ride as much as usual during October, and asked me to ride her horse on the days she can't get out to the barn. I am delighted to get to ride this very sweet, very giant baby horse. He's got a great brain, and is a FABULOUS jumper, but needs some more education on the flat. I'm hoping to help him figure out where all his parts go, and learn something myself in the process!
Next on the agenda for Team PONY'TUDE are more lessons, more hunting, and maybe even a horse show or two.