This is what I expected out of Alex on Saturday since it was cold and he'd had a few more days off this week than originally planned.
I was pleasantly surprised when he was very good on the lunge, if a little slow to stretch, but I attributed that to the cold (I always feel bad when I have to pull the blanket off to tack him up). In the saddle, Alex did some pretty darn good flat work. A little fussiness in the bridle, but we got some good stretches and very forward movement. What I was most proud of, though, were the canter departs. No bucks, no arguments, just canter.
Now I know I said I expected him to be wild, but I also set up another cross rail on the opposite side of the arena and a little grid, just in case :-)
Alex was such a good boy... he was genuinely suspicious of the new cross rail which was now on a different approach, but he jumped it anyway...even if I was trying so hard to not get ahead of him that I got left a little and he was trying so hard not to touch it that he probably cleared it by 3 feet! No one ever said the early stages of training a horse were pretty. After a couple good jumps back and forth across the cross rail, he seemed game to try the grid. I was prepared for a stop or at least a hesitation, but he trotted right through even though I think he was a little confused about where to put his feet and when. After a few more trips through the grid, we called it a night. So proud of my big man!
Sunday is usually Alex's weekend day off, but since his schedule had been a little light during the week, I figured we should at least have a good lunging session. He was awesome on the lunge, lots of good stretching and some really nice movement at all three gates. I was really proud of him, I don't think he's worked that hard or well on the lunge in a long time.
|Alex After Lunging|
Tomorrow night back to work and more fun with the grid :-)