I realized a week into August that I had forgotten to do a goal post! I kept meaning to but just didn’t. And eventually it got so late into August that I just decided to skip it altogether.
To recap, let’s see where we were last July.
1. Work on our right lead canter and get it more even with our left lead – We worked on this almost to the detriment of our left hand lead! But we’re trying to even these out here.
2. Stand still at the mounting block consistently – This one is cool because all of a sudden it just clicked with Gus and now he stands still at the mounting block, mostly. There are days where he wants to take a few steps but I’m super happy that this stand still has been installed.
3. Work on rhythm and suppleness in all aspects of our riding – For a while, this was really not going well. But I switched bits a few times and we’re back in the baucher and by working in the cool hours of the day we’re getting good work
4. Start to incorporate pole work into our flat work – And not only have we done pole work, we’ve been jumping!
5. Lunge on a hill to build up stifle muscles – This one got sidetracked because the hill I used to lunge was in one of the pastures that had horses in it this month. We did do hill work though on our trails so that sort of counts
1. Find a job! – No job yet. But a lot of promising interviews recently so I’m staying hopeful
2. Work on being more quiet with my leg and more forgiving with my elbows – Working on this always
3. Be better with posting on this blog. – Sorta? Lol.
I think for September, we are just continuing along with a lot of the same things. I’d really like to get back to some jumping stuff but I have to be careful to not rush it and get Gus riled up.
1. Work on getting canter departs quiet
2. One trail a week
3. Work on rhythm and suppleness in all aspects of our riding
4. Do more poles and start grid and gymnastic exercises
5. Lunge on a hill to build up stifle muscles
1. Find a job!
2. Work on being more quiet with my leg and more forgiving with my elbows, maybe lower my stirrups one more hole for flat work