Did I jinx myself? I was so happy about Rogo's canter the last time I posted - it seemed like a milestone and while I knew it was unlikely to stay that good consistently for awhile, I didn't expect what happened today.
This is what happened - it was his worst canter work in months. After transitioning consistently and nicely for quite some time now, I had to try repeatedly to get him to canter. When he did, he'd either break to a trot after a few strides, or go too fast. To the left it was racing and unbalanced. Where did my 'getting close to training level', balanced boy go, in a matter of two days? He's disappeared as quickly as he arrived.
If anyone out there has any insights I'd be very happy to hear them. You'll have to read my last post for context.
Here are a couple of things that are different between Tues., and today. They seem minor to me but maybe they affected things?
- He got a trim and had his shoes re-set yesterday. Joan said he was winging ever so slightly with a front foot today. Could this have that big an affect? I wouldn't think so but I could have the farrier come back to tweak it if this continues. She's happy to do that.
- I longed before riding on Tues. (asking him to carry his canter and insisting on good performance), and didn't today. I thought I warmed up well before asking for canter work though. Did the longing on Tues. set him up better for good cantering under saddle?
- Was I just a little nervous riding in front of Joan, meaning my riding wasn't as good today as riding on my own, thus not giving Rogo the support he needed?
- Was Rogo just having a bad day, as a young horse developing balance can have, and I shouldn't worry about it?
- All of the above?
- Something else?
As you can see, many questions are going through my head. I hope if anyone reading this has experienced anything similar, or has thoughts on this, they'll share them with me. I know every horse is different and we have to stick to our training plan (I'm solid on that), but it helps to hear what others go through!
His other work today wasn't overly good or bad. I had to work harder than Tues. for a left bend, but did get it. Rode at the walk and trot as a pair with Doug and Savanah and we all had fun with that, horses and riders.
He was taking a fairly good contact today. That was probably his best point re today's work.
Yesterday Doug mailed our entry for Walk Trot C and D at the CNHP gold show in Truro Aug. 7 and 8.This will keep us sharpening our bending and precision. Shows are so good for creating focus and a deadline to achieve goals. Doug isn't going to compete Savanah in Truro. We decided that sometimes we'll both compete and sometimes just one of us will go. At least for now, we need a helper when we both show.