Hello all, so I have to brag and say how well Champs going lately, he's calm and really moving off my leg, his western pleasure movements are to die for, I have his flying changes down on one side and his spins are really picking up. I have rode him in an English saddle a dozen times now and he's really learning to move out, but he gets a little behind the vertical at the trot. I guess writing it down, it's not so bad but sometimes I feel like I push him to far mentally. I don't want to fry him. We do western horsemanship, reining, trail, western pleasure, English pleasure and English equitation and we ride 5 or 6 days a week. And he takes it all with stride but with some movements he gets frustrated and sticky, because my cues aren't quite clear enough. So how can you tell when your doing to much?
I suppose I am getting so used to being with people who have different horses for EVERY event, but that's not realistic for me until next year. However I am beginning English lessons on school horses so he won't have to be my guinea pig. He was taken from being a pasture pet when he was 7 to an all out show horse for the past 5 years.
Sorry for the ramble, I just can't organize my thoughts!