Since it was so hot, I rode in the morning yesterday and today. I spent a lot of time in the walk just really trying to establish the connection in that gait first. And while it wasn't perfect, I really felt like we made a lot of improvement. I felt like he was relaxed and forward into the bridle - next step is to ask him to come round without fussing. I finally have some real hope that we'll get there sooner rather than later. His trot work was really good but I need to push for more and ask him to use his hind end more. The canter work was ok - not great, not awful. Just kind of mediocre. To make it better, I need to keep my reins shorter and really push him forward. I have a tendency to let him get stuck behind the leg thinking he's collected - newsflash, he's not strong enough for the kind of collection I think I'm feeling. I worked a little bit on transitions and we're getting better at the walk-trot-walk transition.
Charlie looking like a dork in his fly mask.
I obviously didn't ride him long enough today!
Saw this little guy on our cool down walk around the property.
The vet comes tomorrow for teeth floating...