I’m late posting this, but I don’t have regular access to internet to upload videos. Last Saturday we took Roadie and Willow over to Foxcroft for our first outing of the year. It was, for once, a beautiful day, and we were working in the indoor. The exercise set up was sort of an oblong figure-eight of poles. We warmed up over the poles at the trot and canter, changing direction alot and doing circles and stuff.
Willow is so clever. There isn’t any drama to report. You can just hear me saying “goooooood pOnnyyyyy!” alot. Cantering poles is hard work, though! There are moments where we lose our balance and have to trot and regroup, but that’s okay. She knows what she is supposed to do, and she tries really hard and learns really fast. We worked hard, but we took lots of long walk breaks, from which she always recovered really nicely and went right back to work.
It was so nice to do a little flatwork with the pony on level ground with good footing. The poles really got her relaxed and engaged, and she went along so happily. Katy said she always looks so pleased with herself. She felt great and looks great too. Wow pony!
Thanks to the weather/footing, we’ve only cantered a handful of times this year, and while the pony is really physically strong (yay hills and roads!) she isn’t as fit in her cardio, so we moved on to a little jump school before she wore out. We kept the fences teeny tiny, and worked on staying stay straight and balanced.
Right at the end, Katy told me to let her go in six rather than seven strides down the long side. “You’re not picking, but you’re almost picking,” she told me. And she’s right. I have a tendency to get too focused on having the horse collect and add rather than leave out a stride. “She’s not ready to do that,” Katy said. “With a pony you have to gallop.”
Willow easily made the six strides, and almost could have done it in five! It was a good adjustment and something for me to keep in mind going forward…. by that I mean “go forward!”
Thanks, Katy for your help, for filming, and for the hilarious video commentary!