Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Canter Lovelies, part I of II

So I thought for once I'd let ya in on a bit of dressage work...I know ya'll are tired of seeing me jump the same jumps, ha. But really, I ride dressage every week, I just never have the boyfriend out there to catch us in action.

Monday was all about canter work, even though he did have a good trot going...weirdly..

Yay canterwork!! And Yay for me position! Improving at the canter eh?
Awkward moment...but I swear he is engaged 
Wow the picture quality sucks...but the canter is just glorious! I can't believe how far we've come together :)

ignore my leathers are so wonky...they feel too long at this length but if I go up one hole I feel like I am in a jumping saddle.... isn't he engaged here though? He was just lovely monday!

We've been working on the counter canter pretty hard just because I think it will help him be better at the normal canter. He's pretty strong this direction, but getting him to counter canter the other way is a bit hard for him.

I have another video I will upload of some trot work, which was also abnormally good. I think its because I free lunged him in the roundpen for about 8 minutes before I got on, and he really loosened up. I never have time to do this, but I think I need to make time, since it really helps.

Also, chack out that free walk near the end! Holy cow! Watch his croup area, the muscles are actually rolling! And the overstep? Loves. OMG thats such an improvement from before! I am so happy the free walk is coming together.

Excuse my lack of wording here in my post...but I am so freakin tired and about to head to work. I've been working my buns off for the ICP clinic and at work and school...thankfully I get 5 WHOLE days off for the clinic and the 4th.

ta ta! More vids later from monday


  1. I don't know about you, but when it comes to marking progress in a horse's training, for me I get most excited about the free walk! Sure, it isn't the fastest, flashiest gate, but what you and the horse has accomplished by a true free walk is on honest check point that you are going in the right direction.

    If you are working on dressage all week, it stinks you can't take the jumps out of the arena to use the whole ring. poles are great to keep in though.

    Loved seeing a video!

  2. we actually took all the jumps out that day for the clinic. The dressage indoor was already dragged so I wasn't allowed to ride there, but usually I ride dressage inside, and the outdoor is the jump ring.

    I was hella excited about the freewalk...its almost a perfect true free walk! YAY!

  3. You guys looks awesome!! That one picture you don't like just looks like you sat back to far and your feet came forward which unbalances you. In all of the other pictures you look fantastic. :D The video is great too. Keep up the good work!