|I have no riding photos from today, so enjoy just-Casey photos!|
We started off with working on leg yielding at a walk and a stop. I basically just got her to the point where she would move her haunches both directions and then I called it quits. I didn't want to make her pissy right off the bat.
|Me? Pissy? Never!|
|Casey enjoying the nice weather|
My current goal with Casey is to get her to be more responsive on course, so I set all of the jumps to ground poles and then we practiced working on adjustability on the lines. We went through the lines going away at a trot. First we just went through and Casey started pulling and tugging and trying to gallop over them. So I improvised. The next couple of times through the line, I made Casey trot in then circle until she got a perfectly balanced and composed trot and then I would let her continue to the next jump.
|Such a flirt|
We then took a bit of a break from the ground poles to do some cantering. And Casey lost her freaking mind. It's like she mentally snapped after all of that hard thinking. She tried to transition from a trot to a canter by literally exploding up and forward into a buck/hop? So I asked her to go back to a trot and try again, but she exploded AGAIN! After a couple more explosions, she finally mellowed out.
I ended my ride on that good note and then gave Casey plenty of cuddles and treats post-ride. The fact that she was able to do that shows me not only how much progress we have already made, but the potential that we have in the future.
|Bending even on her own|