Even though it has only been a week, I am already feeling a difference. Dandy is getting straighter and I’m getting better at feeling and adjusting accordingly when he wants to get wiggly. My elbows are softer and my hands more willing to follow. It helps when you have someone on the ground constantly reminding you to be soft.
Today we did a quick ride in the outdoor. For me it was working on softness and I wanted to get a few nice canter transitions in. Thankfully we did. I kept my outside rein super steady and really worked on bend. They still took longer than I would have liked but they were much better.
Once I got the transitions, we went on a quick trail ride. I stayed in the woods and decided to not go very far. Dandy was on edge. He even refused to go down a small ledge (think like 6 inches) and decided to get light on this feet. Oh no. We’re not having none of that! He got spun a few times and I asked again. And again. Finally he stepped down and got a ton of praise.
Since the trail was quicker than I had planned for, we went back to the arena and worked on canter transitions more. Didn’t really know what else to do. It looks like we’ll be adding small trail rides to our daily tasks. He wasn’t bad for the trail, just tense. He needs to learn to relax and trust that I’m not going to make him do anything he can’t.
One of the farriers was scheduled to come out after my lesson yesterday so I stuck around to meet him but he was running late and I had to get back to Harley. Hopefully I’ll get to meet him next time. Dandy was overdue for a trim and was going to get shoes on. While I will always prefer to keep a horse barefoot, the ground here is so rocky that Dandy can’t even walk to the outdoor without getting uncomfortable. So shoes went on.
I hope I made the right decision.
Coming home the puppy and I got stuck in the worst traffic I’ve seen in Seattle yet. I guess there was an accident on I-405. Ugh. I got off as soon as I could and things went much faster on the back roads (after being stuck on 520 for an hour).