Okay so im now waiting for somthing to happen cause I have now had a great ride each and ever ride since I got back from my month away in Europe...maybe that's his way to tell me to never leave cause he missed me that much?!
I love that I could tell that he sat over night and processed what we worked on yesterday cause it sure did show in leaps and bounds today!!!
Right now we are working on the longer neck, I.E stretching down, stepping up underneath and lifting the back. This is really helping me stay focused on my body....sit up, shoulders back look around the 20 meter circle, long legs soft arms, no bracing in my legs are knees....when this happens and all is flowing together and I ask for some stretch and to lift his belly he goes there and stays longer and longer, getting more and more confidant in himself each stride!
As soon as I got on I started ona long rein and just wanted him to move out, he happily did so! Even while it was POURING DOWN RAIN!
He was a little unsure but did give it a good try and was praised each time he responded correctly.
In the trot he tried to bunch up and I had to tell myself to not tense up, not brace in my arms. So I looked up and around my circle planning my every other stride half halts, sat deep, used a lot of my inside leg, straightened my upper body likea string was pulling me up. Took many deep breaths and just though forward and down and it took a few circles but he got it. He started dropping his head down and bring it up again two strides later like " I don't know....I could loose my balance and trip over my own face mom" and I just kept telling him he was a good smart man and he could do it. Within a few minutes it got more and more constant and we had a OKAY downward transition but I praised the crap out him gave him a sugar and walked him the other direction. RE adjusted my body, gathered him up into light outside contact, added inside leg, sat up though trot and had trot...head up like a lama but better then kicking and having him groan into a slow measly trot. He sprang into I sat deep got the correct posting diagonal. Found a steady rhythm and asked for him to stretch. He got it faster and really went for it, was blowing and licking his lips, really listen to my half halts and his shoulders where free nad moving fluidly. It was so great. A year ago this was no where in the picture as the trainer I was with then didn't even teach us contact or forward from the hind end and threw us in front of jumps. Now he is doing it, feeling confidant while doing so and in the rain and wind outside. What a big improvement!
So then I asked him to go into canter as I know our trot work will get better after I canter him. Wow the transtion sucked but he immediately lifted his back (what an amazing feeling!) pushed from the hind end and his shoulders felt lifted up a tiny bit, freed up. His neck was getting longer as he reached further down and I STILL had my outside rein contact!
Again praised the crap out of him, gave him sugar, walked a bit. Cantered the other way, not as good but nothing to complain about as it was even an improvement from the day before! Let him walk again. Then stretched him in the walk and really asked for him t o stay connected into our transition up to trot while stretching down. This took a few transitions, lot of talking to him. I had to really remember not to brace, pull down or pinch with my leg or knee in these transitions as I was trying to make it light and quick. After a few times he really got it down, as soon as we walked from the trot id ask for trot again, his back stayed lifted, he sat down and pushed and stretched down. I was amazed he got this so fast! I was so happy. Gave him lots of scratched and sugar and all the good stuff. Thought I will try canter again, see what we have.....had two great soft, forward transitions where he really used his body. He wasn't falling in, he was not racing, he was not slow. The hind end engine was warmed up and ready to go! But in a very good steady rhythmic stride and e was stretching down more then he was in our trot work!
This was an amazing ride. No one was there to see it but the goats! He was so proud of himself! We even opened and closed the gates to go in and out of the arena today for the first time!
My booger is growing up and doing good things!!!
I'm so proud!
Cooling out after much hard work!
Tonight eating a warm meal :)
This was my only dry place to get a body shot of him! UGH
Going out rain or shine tomorrow for sure!!!