Another great ride happened last night! I feel like she was apologizing for being such a wreck on Sunday. We worked hard, we both broke a sweat, and we ended the night by nailing a pole line again and again with the correct amount of strides. I’m not sure how much I’ve focused on this before, but for being only 16hh, O has a gigantic stride. When we first bought her all the trainers told me to not worry about it, it would shorten as she realized she wasn’t at the track anymore and had different muscles.
Fast forward 14 months. While it is much more balanced, and I can actually sit it (sometimes), the canter stride is still monstrous. That being said I love that it’s long and easy to get the strides with. So don’t think I’m complaining. What is becoming difficult is that as much horse has gotten more fit, and more confident I now am half halting my way between the lines. Last night she went through a pole line in 3 strides. The horse before us…he did it in 5. See the issue?
So we’ve been working on being adjustable. Lots of collecting, and relaxing. Getting my horse soft while collected is still not happening, but I can feel that at least I have a better chance at getting the stride. God help us if we ever go into a medal class where they ask for the add stride.
Post ride smart phone photo shoot!