Riding in Neutral
Reliability and Consistency
The Problem with "Respect"
Softness Doesn't Mean Being Ineffective
Letting the Horse Find the Soft Spot
We'll see where that all comes out . . .
In other news, Red and I are up to 30 minutes walking under saddle, with quite a bit of good work involved - figures, lateral work including leg yield and pirouettes, backing, shortening/lengthening. He's walking much better, and his backing is now straight with no rotation of his hips as he backs or foot-dragging. We have one more 30-minute walk session to go, and then I'll run some neuro tests (I'm not a vet but having had 5 EPM and one Lyme case, I can do a pretty decent set of neuro tests) and see if he's ready for trot work. Today, when we were doing our lengthening work at walk, he really wanted to take that forward into trot, which was a very good sign. His ankle looks pretty good - a small puff on the outer side, but we continue to ice and it looks better every day.
My recent rides on Pie have been amazing - very strong connection and just lovely work. The quality of his movement and softness just continues to improve.
Dawn has what I hope will be her final visit from the dental surgeon tomorrow to recheck her mouth after her three extractions. Considering that she's eating up a storm and is almost fat - for Dawn, this is amazing as she's usually too thin - I'm expecting all will be well. We're scheduling a chiropractic visit, since her neck is stiff and sore from all the propping up of her head for her extractions.