Ever have one of those days? The day when you don't have a spectacular ride, but it all just seems to come together and you and the horse just click. Yesterday was one of those for me and the Kat man.
Saturday went well enough, but yesterday it was all so much better. He hasn't been driven all week since we were waiting for the ground to dry up from irrigation. So hubby long lined him a little before we brought in the cart. He had him doing all sorts of intricate things, counter flexing, bending and I gotta say he looked great. But then when it came time to drive we had a small problem.
Heading into the first corner I asked for a turn. Simple enough, right? Well Kat got a little confused. He thought I was asking for a counter flex going into the corner. Luckily we weren't too far in or too committed to the turn yet. Still enough room to make the turn, but bordering on not enough, so I asked for a stop. I gave him a few seconds, patted his butt and let him relax. When I asked him to move on, let him go forward a few steps then tugged the rein for the turn again he responded with confusion again. He still thought I wanted the counter flex bending to the inside, while turning to the outside. This time the fence was too close. So I asked for the stop, patted his butt and got out. At this point it was far safer for both of us to simply lead him out of the corner than to push it, ask again and chance a wreck. It was just a little too much, too soon for the little guy.
Once back in the cart, we were moving forward again. I asked for him to start doing a few turns, guiding him a bit with the whip this time. He did a lot better, we did a lot of trotting and finished on a good note.
Yesterday we skipped the long lines and after lunging went strait to the cart. Lots of trotting, lots of circles, bigger circles, smaller circles, but something just wasn't quite right. Going to the left, his nose tipped in a smidgen, just right. Going to the right, if I asked him to tip his nose in, he did, but we also got a bit of a turn too. Tug the left rein to straighten him out on the rail- his nose went out too.
So that made me think.
If I were riding, how would I fix this?
Now without your legs.
Or being able to raise, drop or spread your hands.
Or use your seat/weight.
So hubby tells me to do some circles at the walk. Get it right at the walk, then ask for the trot. Slow and right beats fast and wrong. Which we did and while we did, he was able to catch this-