I swear someone snuck in and trained my pony while I was gone. I don’t know who, but when I find out….
I came home after a week away to a pony that canters.
AND I can steer at the canter.
AND she’s picking up the correct leads with correct bend both ways (most times)!
It was…. weird.
Happy! But, weird….
She cantered so well, that we actually tried our very first simple change of lead. It was awful, but we trotted when I asked, turned, and she tried really, really hard to offer up the new lead.
Overall, I was thrilled!
I had dreamed of this day! I thought it would never happen!
We have a CANTER!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
The rider relief is evident…. hahahaha
I think I may have even cried a bit…..
Trot work was O.K. Not great. Not terrible. I need a bigger area to work on getting her connected.
We’re always turning. I tried pushing her forward, and she kept breaking to canter. I think I need a long, straight track to trot her on for awhile.
I love this pony’s walk. 🙂
I set up two ground poles to trot over. Joy apparently thought we were doing a different discipline instead.
She caught me off guard and I bumped her mouth. 😦
Our haunches-in is getting better!
And more jumping!
I just want to mention that we’ve been doing trot poles for over a year with no issues, but today… these were jumps! Haha
I’m really looking forward to starting lessons in another month or so. I think the trainer can fix up my riding so Joy can do her job better. And then, maybe, I can start thinking about entering a schooling show later this year (fingers crossed).
5 minute training video of ride: