I wasn't going to post this, as it isn't our best effort :), but then I thought, it's a genuine record of where we are at this point in time, and if I only post good examples the videos will be few and far between. As noted in my last post, I'm riding Training Level Test One, so I can critique it and plan my preparation for the show season. It's the first time in about 10 days it's been dry enough to ride in the riding ring, so we're both a little rough. The biggest problem, and I've written about this before, is the lack of forwardness. With forwardness a lot of the issues we have in the video would be fixed - woobly on the center line, me being jerky in an effort to keep him going, etc. He's been more forward than this almost all spring, so it was too bad he wasn't for this. All in all I think we're on the right track though.Feedback is welcome.
My goals from this are to work on building strength in his hind quarters, REALLY focus on forward and to improve the quality of the connection, especially in canter, and the trot canter trot transitions. Also, to polish steering in the stretchy circle and free walk and to get a straight, square halt. I'm going to ride tests two and three as well in the next few days.Rogo turns six on Mon. I can't believe it. It seems like just a year ago he arrived as an ugly duckling two year old. Maybe it's just my adoration, but I think he gets handsomer all the time :)