Scary tarp

Another 50° day in Iowa in January go global warming! I rode Calvin in the indoor riding arena and did walk work first. He actually came over his topline pretty well from the start but didn’t want to bend to the right when I asked him to switch from left to right slowly across the center of the arena. So we will keep working on that. Trot work was improved especially the first few steps of trot after the transition from walk. Canter work is loosening up a fair amount which is very exciting.

One time when we were in trot he came around the corner and the tarp blew up in the breeze just as we were approaching and he objected quite vividly to that. Wejust worked a few minutes on it and he figured it out. Very good.

As a reward we went out and walked all the way down the hill to the end of road signand had a little bit of trot toward the end and then walked all the way back up the hill. I’ll post a video of that tonight

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Calvin the evolving Eventer

We started out in the arena especially with walk work trying to get him to come over his top line. He developed it a lot more quickly than last time. Then we did trot work which went well but I’m not real happy with the connection he seems hesitant to stretch down and forward. I would like to see his bit changed to a French link snaffle. This is a dressage legal bit that you will be able to wear it in competition. It is also a little bit kinder in their mouth and he’ll still stop, he’s a good boy. After that we went out and walked in the jumping field and he was perfect so we started to go down the road. As soon as we went past the other horses paddock and they were no longer visible, he thought that maybe he wouldn’t have to go forward. So he threw all four of his legs forward and decided that was enough and I disagreed and sent him forward. We went all the way down to the end of the road and then came back and trotted up the hill and that was huge fun for both of us.

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Calvin stretching to contact

So, I brought Calvin in, brushed him and tacked up. He was very good in the cross ties, but I did some work on him letting go in his neck while he was standing there. He needs to start stretching down and forward earlier in his sessions.

I tacked up and got on and he was a perfect angel for mounting. He was very stuck in walk at first, though. Putting a leg on only produced a tighter back and shorter step. We did a lot of walk warm up with only marginal results, so I moved on to trot (which was better) and then a whole lot of canter wherein he started to let go in his back.

Then we did some more trot work and walk work, which was much improved! Very good.