Didn't meet up with Roperchick, but....
Made it to DC!!!!!!
AND SAW SKY!!!!
TWICE SO FAR!!!
So exciting :) He has gotten really squirrely though. I'm talking hollow back and sucking back.. badly. We're working on it though, little by little! I've ridden him twice and each ride is better and better! No spooks, but really tense unfortunately. I hope to make a real positive dent in this now-ingrained habit.
My friend looking after him has done an AMAZING job with not only his health (he's so nice! Got a very nice topline) but also his level of trust. His canter is a dreamboat on the ground though I haven't ridden it yet. I hope to once he settles his trot down.. I don't want to fight him nor have him overly tense.
Fabulous inhand work. Really listening to my body and voice commands. Not caring as much about the whip or being out of sight. Still really good with picking up his feet and has gotten so much sharper at his yielding of body parts. He turns on the forehand nicely and is beginning to understand turn of the haunches and leg yielding.
He counter bends reaaaaally badly though.. and tends to try and wander off of the rail. But we're working on it!! Put polos on him.. I haven't done them in nearly 2 years and they looked great, didn't slide, and they're turquoise like his dressage pad!! He rocks that colour scheme :)
I promise I'll take pictures and put them up. It's just so darn cold here, lol!
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"