Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
Yes, the first videos are from our first ride and I wasn't asking anything of him. It was basically my pre-purchase ride. ;)
He has been doing super well at the trot, in terms of focusing, keeping the same rhythm, working on moving forward a little, etc. He is on/off about his bending, but does well a lot of the time! Due to his good progress, I thought he would be ready to work on the canter. The last time I cantered him was a while ago and he had issues getting his left lead (right was perfect). Earlier this week we tried cantering again, but it didn't go very well. We were in the larger arena (shown in the second set of videos) and he picked up the right lead the first try and did great... not rushing too bad and was behaving well! Then we tried the left lead and he didn't get it. We tried a few more times and then he FINALLY got it. He did well for about half a lap around the arena, then took off at a GALLOP and well... we had issues stopping. Half way through, I lost my left stirrup, but I managed not to fly off of him and we finally stopped. Needless to say, he's not ready to canter in the larger arena! So, tomorrow we will work back in the smaller arena.... canter and canter to the right, then try the left. Hopefully he will do better, but if not... at least he will have less space to run and I will be better prepared!