This weekend O and I have kept up the good efforts at the canter, using my body to bring her back off of her forehand. I keep repeating in my head, ‘less hand, less hand’ as we truck around. She’s been very good, and responsive when I ask correctly. When I don’t it’s like holding onto a freight train. A plus though, I am getting a crazy good core workout from all this new positioning, and my legs have been burning at the end of rides.
It was a toasty 55 degrees yesterday so I took advantage of the better weather and took O on an adventure to the new back riding field! It has a great flat area, and then several good sized hills for conditioning. We took a few walks up the bigger hills, and I loved that she felt pretty fit. Next time we’ll take it up a notch for some trot work on the new hills, and I definitely see this becoming more of a routine as it gets warmer.
Temperatures dropped about 40 degrees last night, and is going to be horrible cold the next few days. So I tucked O into her big blanket and will plan on seeing her as soon as we can (realistically maybe Wednesday).
I’m sure she will capitalize on this free time to stuff herself on the hay bale, and chase around some unsuspecting pasture mate.
Stay warm everyone, it’s nasty out there.