Hey all! Well, I've had my gelding Helios for almost 5 weeks. And today, he finally had the lightbulb moment I've been waiting for and he's begun to stretch at the trot!!!! This took not one, not five, but almost FIFTEEN sessions with the chambon. Development is gradual and a test of patience. If any of you are currently struggling or getting discouraged with what you're working on, just remember...
Don't get frustrated. It will
come. He's shown so much improvement already, but obviously we have much farther to go. This is his very first session where he displayed any stretch at the trot at all (and it wasn't even the best stretch he's capable of, AND we still need to lighten up on the forehand more). But I'm so, so proud of him! Baby steps.
Before any groundwork: 20130731_130247_10903.jpg
Second day with the chambon (and what sessions 3-12 basically looked like): 20130817_130552_38205.jpg
And this evening! 20130828_193129_21157.jpg 20130828_193129_225.jpg
Thanks for looking!