Coming To Life Again
Spring is finally making an appearance here in Pennsylvania, if only for a day or two at a time. Last Friday it was gloriously warm and sunny, and my delightful husband offered to come hang at the barn with me and take some video. He's just the best.
After watching the video, I have to say that I'm quite pleased with how Dino is going at this point in the season after not working seriously since approximately October. He felt great, he looks great, and I feel like my First Level goals for 2018 are not quite as unattainable as I thought they once were. Instead of just hoping not to embarrass myself at Training, I find myself thinking that First seems downright doable.
|THAT CANTER WORK, THO. swoon.|
Friday was no exception, and after having a short canter up a big hill, Dino was ready to rock and roll. He started the ride nicely forward and pushing into the bridle, and as I schooled transitions and circles and changes of direction, Dino stepped up his game and got more and more uphill and round as we went.
These video clips are also rekindling the idea of getting a dressage saddle, so if anyone has one they wanna give me for free or any effective bank-robbing strategies, hit me up.
Friday's ride leaves me feeling optimistic and more motivated than I've felt in a long time to keep working towards my goals for this year. The weather and Dino's inability to keep his shoes on over the past month and a half was defeating, to say the least, but after being able to get such good work from my pony after so little real training is incredibly encouraging. With a little sunshine and my pony feeling so good, things are looking up!