Regardless, I did get quite a bit accomplished with both horses for the month of June. The Driving Clinic was a complete success and the lessons I took on Suzie (recaps coming!) were just fantastic. I feel like we are putting one foot forwards now, which is an exhilarating feeling. Upwards and onwards, right?
|Spoiler photo: Day 2 lesson.|
Working on some spinning.
Work to get her back into shape - suppleness, bend, trail riding, etc.It is a slow process, but I think we are getting there. Suppleness is very hard to achieve with an older horse and part of the process is being patient.
Piece together more spins.We've toodled a bit with this, but I didn't put much effort into it until we went and did a few lessons. Get better control of the haunches.We worked on this a bit and it is getting better - just have to do more of it now. Also got some good exercises from the lessons. Get better down transitions - continue to work on the halt.The halt isn't where I'd like it to be just yet, but the down transitions are getting better. Piece together her lope a bit more.This is a HUGE accomplishment for us this month. Her left lead lope is really coming together - very happy with her on this. It especially came together in the lessons - wahoo!
|From Lesson #1. We have the "stretch there". Just need to collect it up a bit,|
but she is balanced quite well.
- Try and trail ride more - work on jogging and loping on the trails with other horses.
- Utilize the exercises from the lessons in June/July. Ride a "square", spiraling circles, and practice simplified reining patterns.
- Start to work on extending and collecting the jog and lope.
- Pin down the halt - clear cut and concise.
- Start to get better spins to the left. Her right is better.
- Get more lessons if possible (clinician may not be coming back up to the area until August).
|Such a fancy pony.|Attend a Driving Clinic and get some good instruction, have a good time, and hopefully Spud can show off what he's capable of!We went, we saw, we learned, AND we had a good time!
Drive him in the Fairgrounds arena or meadow.I didn't drive him at the local Fairgrounds, but I did drive him in town and also at the Smithers Fairgrounds. So that counts, right?
- Work on cantering in harness. We touched on this a bit, but won't be pressing on it for a while.
Work on turning (thru cones if possible).Hell ya. A lot of the clinic focused on turning - and we even used cones!
|This chunk is also an escape artist... sigh.|
- Get him in better shape. He is getting a bit fluffy and I don't want to go through issues with founder or otherwise.
- Put a rider on him (I may have found a small child that is willing to be my test subject, haha)!
- Continue to drive him and try to set up a date to go out and drive with other driving horses.