I’m happy to report that Henry and I finally had another lesson last Saturday! I hadn't been able to lesson the previous two weekends (one because of scheduling and one because I was sick).
Henry loves "jumping"
I told ST that I feel like we are ready to canter soon. Henry didn’t do a ton of canter work with RK, but I honestly don’t think he’ll be silly about it. I suspect it will be a fair of work to get him/keep him cantering. ST suggested I do some canter work on the lunge line with him and we will hopefully try for a canter next lesson.
We mainly worked on going forward (ongoing life theme for Henry), precision/timing of my aids and transitions. We trotted for almost the whole lesson.
ST worked us pretty hard! Henry doesn’t usually get super sweaty but he was drenched!
Our homework is as follows:
1) WTC on the lunge line
2) Forward forward forward
3) No more halting allowed when Kate needs a break, we must walk. Forward. ST recommended that I not stop him at all until I’m ready to get off.
I feel like my spin classes really saved my butt in this lesson. My legs weren’t as tired and I wasn’t as out of breath as I usually feel when I ride Henry (he is also doing more of the work than me now, but it’s still a lot more work for me than my other two).
Henry and I are currently working on finding him a saddle that fits better. The one I’m using isn’t causing pain (confirmed by a saddle fitter and his chiro/massage people) but it’s not great. For a while it seemed to fit pretty well but with this latest growth spurt …. It’s not as good as I would like. I am hoping to try the following saddle soon:
*grabby hands* I am creepily in love with this saddle.
Anyone have any thoughts or experience with Equipe? I will have a saddle fitter to assist me (she might be able to make some minor tweaks also if needed). She also will bring some other used options for me to try out.