Henry and I had lesson number 2 on Saturday afternoon. We have worked hard on our forward button while ST was away for the last two weeks. Unfortunately life got pretty busy last week, so he ended up having 5 days off.
He's not a hot horse but it's not my ideal plan of attack to have a lesson on any horse (particularly a baby horse) after that many days off. Ugh! I confessed my sin to ST and we prepared to give him a little more time to get back into the groove.
But he was a complete rock star!!!
He remembered all of our practice and was much more steerable. We did half of our lesson inside and moved onto the front lawn to trot over some poles.
ST gave me lots of compliments about Henry. She seems really impressed by how sensible he is under saddle for such a green/young guy. He tries so hard! That weird little horse has the biggest heart.
I find that I get really tired and sweaty riding Henry. He is more of a push ride and I feel it in my legs the next day for sure. Does anyone have any tips or exercises for improving my fitness for this type of horse? I am running again, so my cardio is getting better. My legs are just not used to having to do much as Apollo and Mystic are both quite forward (so my legs are on but not squeezing/kicking ever). Henry also has kind of a huge bouncy trot and it takes a lot more muscle control to stay with the movement and not flop around. I really feel my lacking fitness when I ride him.
Well deserved post-lesson snack :)
Our homework is to trot poles and expect accuracy (pick the exact spot I want to cross over it and make it happen). I need to buy a different dressage whip too, as the one I have is too long and is awkward to hold. ST has been very complimentary of my position but she does want me to carry my hands a bit more (I end up doing weird things with wrists carrying the dressage whip) and I need to watch my rein length. I think because Henry isn’t super forward I give him lots of rein to move into…but that doesn’t really help our steering.
Hanging saddle pads to dry in the bathroom #equestrianprobs
One of my favorite things that ST has mentioned a few times is to ride him like he’s broke. I shouldn’t accept less than I asked for because he’s a baby, particularly in the forward department. He needs to learn that it’s his job to go forward. I am totally guilty of being like “oh well this is a nice slow speed… I’ll take it”, when he’s crawling along and not tracking up… because don’t want to push too hard and have an explosion because he’s a baby. But I don’t really think he’ll explode. And even if he does, we need to have that conversation.
I hope next Saturday that ST will take a bit of video of us! :)