|You know it's summer when the grass turns to weeds|
Lessons have continued to focus on improving connection, and making sure I'm beginning turns off my outside rein. I'm a slow learning but starting to get the hang of it! I've also been requesting some time on the lunge line about every other week so I can hopefully build muscle memory doing it correctly. I think it's also helped my coach be more aware of some of Cupid's tendencies - things like finding an excuse to break gait if you get distracted; anticipating what we're doing; when he doesn't want to carry himself; and that he does tire a bit going to the left and picking up that lead will get more difficult if he's a bit tired.
I've been trying to make sure I'm not constantly drilling him, and add variety to the routine. So on Saturday I rode him around the property including some paths which have recently been made usable again after getting a bit overgrown, before dropping into the outdoor ring for a little trot work, then continuing around. We did a day of ground driving, and another day of in-hand work. We practiced backing up straight between two poles, then I had Cupid step over a pole with just his front feet and side pass down. He's finally starting to get this but it took some time!
I was going to do some jumping this week too, but Cupid took a few funny steps before I mounted. He seemed okay after, but we decided to keep it light and did a course with just ground poles and cavaletti instead. I asked for some lead changes over the cavaletti, we don't always get them but had a few (especially if I repeat a course and Cupid knows which way we're going!)
|Getting turned out with his Fresian friend|
|New fly sheet, still fits a 69"!|
I'm hoping to get a trail ride in this weekend.