So, I've been struggling through something...
A forward, quick tempo is not my horse's favourite thing to do. He will happily engage and lift his back, but at a slower tempo. I can get him forward with good impulsion now, but I am struggling through something recently.
Sometimes, when I finally have a lovely flowing forward trot, I am loathe to do downward transitions (I'm still mostly doing only trot-walk) because it always kills his forwardness. If I do a lot of them, he will be quite engaged and swinging, but it takes a bit of time to bring back the faster tempo. But each time it is a bit faster than the time before, so...
This last week we've had a lot of general success since my coach finally hopped on him after a long time and got his butt kicked. And I got to really remember what a light horse feels like. (they're not kidding when they say the horse feels like butter!!)
But when on my own, I've been trying to replicate that same feeling. He is waaay more forward now than he was before, and now I even have to take more breaks since he is panting and tiring out much faster now. (well, it's finally hot here, so he's not used to working hard in the heat either)
Is this just a strength thing? I DO notice he picks up the faster tempo faster each time, but it's still not the same if I went, say, down the long side with no transitions.
I'm not even really sure what I'm asking. Am I just being impatient? And if I suck it up and do more, even though it seems to slow things down, I suppose it will make him stronger so he keeps that tempo longer?