So those of you who know I have been working with Oliver and excepting/learning to be on the bit going forward correctly as a foundation before anymore jump training or lateral work...knows the first few sessions where stressful and not a lot of progress happened....well he was so good this weekend! I think by the end if next month we will be doing well at all three gaits when it comes to forward correctly on the bit in a relaxed way as we are working very hard on making this be his happy place...he is cathingbin and liking it alot!
Here is what we did this weekend!
So I have a wonderful update for those who have helped me, I have gone to lunging him (with help) with one ouside side rein and the lung line attached at the girth, then through the bit and working with him there before riding to have him work on the contact, as you know he didntvtake well to it at first, running backwards, spinning the other way and having meltdown ever 6 strides (if we made it that far) well, he got a week off to think on things..not by choice cause I had a huge final in one class and had to get that done.
But this weekend he showed me how much he learned and tried so hard, staurday morning we took him out and just lunged him...had one meltdown, spinning, backwards and then....like happens forward, blowing stretching flexing, relaxed! Wow! It was great to have him lunged for me by the more experienced person who's done this many times beofe, me not so much! This way i really got to see how big (not rushy or tense but big reaching stride) he needed to go in the trot. He looks breathtakingly beautiful when forward and on the bit and happy! I feel so lucky to own such smart boy who tries so hard and looks darn good when he figures it out!
So he got lots of treats and hugs for that workout, only was about 25 minutes but was so good!
So this afternoon I had a lesson and I was the one to lung him to warm up...I did it...and....no meltdowns, no backwards anything!!!! That was huge! He was so good we cut the lunging short to not tire him out and to show that's all he needs to do at this point.
So I got on....different horse from two weeks ago....amazing...can't believe it! He was there 80% of all trot work, need work on the change of bends and keeping that smooth and stay on the bit and forward through it...but he was so smart....he was rather pleased with himself both days this weekend, strutted out back to barn and was looking at me like mom....I did it!
He will get worked again Tuesday and once this weekend as I have to drive 6 hours away this weekend to my grandmas funerual and memorial service in OR and will be making a weekend trip out of it to see family i havnt seen in two years... I wish it could have happebd later but we can't plan these things, then the weekend after that we will be gone at another show, not Ollie, I'll just be the groom. But will be able to work him that Tuesday, thursay and staurday I hope, very slight chance I might be able to fit in a Sunday work out as well if I'm lucky and not to tired from grooming for two long days!
I'm so pleased with him!
We are among headway and faster then I thought so it will be good that I'll be gone this weekend, I'll miss him though!
Here he is very much enjoying his 40 minutes of grass :)