Back to a day by day update this time!
Monday night I did a quick bareback hack on Mr. P, followed by a lunge for Stampede. P and I disagreed about the kind of canter we wanted, so I ended up focusing on counter canter down long sides instead of really pushing for a good quality canter overall. Stampede lunge was pretty rough – he was very on edge and didn’t want to relax down for quite a while. On the up side he was plenty forward and actually ended pretty well.
Tuesday night lesson P was again rough to canter. I’ve found that when he’s really excited (like when he’s cantering with 5+ other horses in the indoor, lol) and gets up and down I’m better off riding a collected canter with circles for a bit then just loosening that up to find a good quality canter again. Trainer and I discussed how she thinks I always look like I’m either behind the motion at the trot or posting too far back in the saddle. Rung a bell with how I’d noticed my saddle sitting lower in back with my Ogilvy lately. Stampede got the night off with just some stretches and an aisle walk. I also gave him his last Previcox since that was 3 weeks on it.
Wednesday was a Stampede lunge and I put the fake pessoa rig back on. He was a bit trippy in the deeper footing at the one end of the ring, but trotted over a single trot pole quietly. I figured out that if I spin the end of the whip around he doesn’t like that sound and moves forward, so that’s a bonus.
Thursday I rode P but used a Mattes half pad and found it felt better for me balance wise. Previously the Ogilvy was better as it stopped P getting rubs under the back panels of my saddle, so we will see if that comes back. If it does then I will have to figure something else out. I do think his shape has changed with the additional work he’s been doing as my solo lesson pony, so we might be okay there.
Friday I left work a little early since I’d gotten some extra hours in earlier in the week and got a lunge in before the lessons started. I got home by 5:45 which left time for me to get cleaned up and go with the husband to pick up dinner and hang out with his grandma for a while.
Saturday P and I did a flat lesson, using the Mattes pad this time. Trainer commented that I looked better without knowing/noticing that I had changed out the half pad, so bonus there. P was very good for the whole lesson, canter included. Great ride. Lunged Stampede afterwards and this time set up a set of two poles for him to trot through. He was really great other than the time he got over excited by my new whip technique and cantered a little.
Today I did another bareback ride on P. The ring was empty other than D and Willow so it was a nice relaxing time. Even snuck in a counter canter figure eight and P nailed it on the first try. Lunged Stampede after that. No poles, just a focus on maintaining forward while still stretching. I’m not getting as low of a head doing that, but he is moving forward. Both ponies got their bridle paths and muzzles cleaned up. That will be my last muzzle trim of the season as I like to let the boys grow out their beards for the winter.
Headed back out to hay and water and tuck the ponies in for the night shortly. Looking forward to a short work week!