The nightly rides are going well, RB4 had a really good ride on the App last night. The first time she rode him, I forgot to give her an encouragement stick so he was slow and unresponsive. She didn't really enjoy the ride and was a bit frustrated with him. The second ride went much better as she brought the stick, she was impressed with him and enjoyed the ride much more. This third ride, however, he really showed his skills. She said she was very easily able to work on herself without managing him. She was impressed with the ease that he can do a shoulder in and how he can collect himself without much effort. She was able to do changes of direction with a shift of balance and he was responsive to her seat. She commented several times how she liked the TWH but the App was now quickly gaining favor. Go Chip! He can be such a rock star when he wants to be.
I rode the TWH, working mostly on pushing from behind and staying in gait. Lots of serpentines, spirals and small circles to get him to push forward while trotting. Overall the ride went well though we did have several sticky points. His pacy self kept showing through and at one point I had to give him a good hard kick to get the point across that he shouldn't pace when I ask for a trot. I know it will come back, it is just frustrating that I let riding lapse so he isn't behaving like he did back in October. At the end we worked on our trot-canter and canter-trot transitions, these are the hardest and most important for showing. After a few attempts the trot-canter went smoothly though we still have work to do in the canter-trot transitions. Only once did he give me the canter-trot without more than 2 steps of pace, the rest of the time it was a quarter to half of a circle of pace before picking up the trot. It was hard to get it last year, I am sure it will be hard to get it this year.
On another note, there is possibly a horse show I will go to! There is a dressage show about 1.5 hours away on March 18th and then there is a CT (combined test, it's eventing) show on April 1st. I am going to talk to the instructor about both to see what her thoughts are. I can only do one of them and am free for both dates to attend either. Now I have something to work towards, we have work to do!
|Dirty ponies playing in the snow.|
Don't mind the TWH trying to look like a paint.