I'm also trying to be better about doing stretches with him; we will do them for a few weeks then kind of stop. We're having a little trouble with the carrot stretches though, he keeps twisting his head instead of bending his neck. Maybe I need to start with the carrot closer? My chiro said hold it at the hip but I usually go several inches forward and out from there.
|Not very bendy|
|How do I keep his head straight?|
|A little better to the right|
|Not much of a hill, but we make do|
We took another walk break, did some more trot work, and another canter set. This time we weren't able to get the left lead first try, so I put Cupid on a circle and we got it the second attempt, but he dropped to a trot where there was a dry spot in the footing. It took a few tries to get the left lead again. Generally it seems easier to get earlier in the ride, when Cupid is more fresh. But we were able to get it, and he feels good when he's cantering. We did a little more trot work, then walked a loop around the property to cool off.
On Monday we had a no canter day, so I walked up the gentle slope of our long driveway twice. Mondays are a good day for this as usually I'm the only one there aside from staff. Cupid was a little distracted wanting to look at all the construction beyond the fence, so I tried to get his attention by asking him to bend the other direction, away from it, then straight a few steps before asking him to bend the other way. We walked a big loop around to finish.