- Reinstall longing
- Help his regular rider get him to stretch at the trot a bit more
- Lots of transitions between gaits and some trail walks to assist in building muscle
- Extra food. He looks skinny to me.
- Camou is visiting his first ever show in about three weeks. Ohmygod all the things need improvement....
- Courses. Above the height we'll be jumping at the show. With weird fillers, and stuff.
- Can someone PLEASE help me figure out why it's taking me weeks to install leg yields? I sense a master-post on leg yielding coming up....
- More oxers.
- More dieting.
- He's going on his cross country adventure in a few weeks, so hopefully he'll be ready!
- Tango is also visiting a show this month, so let's just keep refining those brakes and never take him off his SmartCalm supplements ever again (that's a story for another post)
- Continue to introduce trail walks for the hilly aspect
- Hopefully trailer him to someone else's barn so I can get a sense of what I should expect at the show?
As for August's goals? I was over-ambitious. That's all I have to say at this point. Tonight I had a splendid ride with Tango where we really sat at the canter and I just felt so on top of the world. It's amazing when a horse comes underneath you and even though you're moving much more slowly it's so much power and movement that it feels just as thrilling as a great course or crazy trail ride.
|Why is it dark out here?|
I fell off Camou last week because the bugger decided that he was going to feel 100% straight and then suddenly change directions. I guess that's good that he threw me because I'd literally just been thinking "man, I could really fall in love with riding this horse." Introducing the indirect rein with Camou turned into an argument. I'll approach it from a different method later. Right now I need to focus on rideability and straightness.
|The harvest moon was beautiful tonight|
I'm pretty blessed. I've got great students who work hard, some pretty silly ponies to ride, and an accommodating facility to play around at.