Sunday, May 23, 2010

Falling in love again

I had one of those rides today that make you fall in love with dressage all over again. Huey was eager, bendy, and listening, so I threw a bunch of stuff at him and he handled it all without turning into a stress ball, as is his wont. Trot-shoulder-in to a few strides of medium, 10-meter canter circles, counter canter, working canter to collected back to working. He only tried to throw his head twice, and instead he just started to raise it, and then I saw a thought bubble reading, "Aw, fiddlesticks, that never works," and he went right back to being soft.

Medium trot will probably be our biggest bugaboo, so I'm not asking for much, but am instead focusing on the downward transition to very collected trot for a few strides, then back to working trot. I want him to really sit down and build those butt muscles, and hopefully that will help him get the idea for medium.

Camilla had a jumping lesson on Huey yesterday, and I took pictures. Here's Air Huey doing his thing:

What a versatile gelding!

3 comments:

Dressage Training Journal said...

I LOVE those days, although at our stage it is much simpler things that make me 'fall in love again' - a really forward working trot, first canter circles, quick responses...

Kate said...

Huey looks like he's simply floating over that jump :)

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Those days make every other day worthwhile. Thanks for sharing your joy!