A bit of history : I've been so proud of my Saddlebred mare over the past few weeks of work - I'm coming back from a broken arm and having two kids... she's had a lot of time off in the past few years, and last year she was pushed a bit too hard.
Our main focus this year has been to get her working long and low, soften, supple and lift the back - and for the past couple weeks we've been really getting it... so in all my pride over our achievements I set up a day with a friend to take photos... and wouldn't you know it... but as it turns out today wasn't a "good" day.
For whatever reason the cows in the paddock next to the ring had Chance so freaked out we didn't get very low... actually, I'd say we didn't really hit much relaxation at all - but we did get some neat shots.....
She is a naturally gaited Saddlebred - she has never been "formally" trained to gait... today was a great set up for her to gait, so I just insisted that she at least try to stretch down while doing it. It's a real work in progress... we're trying to work on getting her comfortable and balanced in the gait so that she is less pacey
This is what happens when you get distracted, talking to the photographer, forget about your horse - who sees scary cows and suddenly decides "NO WAY" (this shot is on the way down, she was very nearly verticle... then deeked right) - Yes, I did stay on LOL