…and I’m hoping it doesn’t unclick. I’ve had some fabulous rides on Charmer lately. Since I’ve upped my assertiveness, I think she’s taking me seriously and has a more willing attitude. I’ve been focused on getting Charm in shape for the upcoming Dave Ellis clinic in a few weeks. I don’t think she’s going to loose her belly, but I think it’s important that she’s in better shape to withstand 8 hours of clinic time each day. So we’ve been trotting a lot on line and in the saddle.. also I’ve been working on posting on the correct diagonal while trotting. Something I never cared to learn, or thought about.. but it’s something I should really know so I don’t look like a dork. I’m learning to choose the correct diagonal by feeling for it rather than looking at her front leg. Charm’s trot is really flat .. she almost drags her feet, so I find it hard to feel her hind quarters. We’re getting it though.
Here are some pictures from our ride last Saturday.. a particularly memorable day and I’m so glad it was captured. 😀
If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts from this spring, you know that I’m dilligently trying to get over this lame fear of ‘riding ouside at more than a walk’ thing that has plagued me. Now I hardly find myself riding in the arena, unless the weather isn’t good, or we are having a lesson that requires the arena. I had the most pleasant ride on Saturday, trotting around the property. Charm was not impulsive.. but really steady and responsive. She was practically perfect! In all honesty (and a little embarrassment), this is only the second time I remember trotting around with her like this, outside, with purpose.
She felt so content and willing.. I love her expression in the video and her tail too.
Fiona also came to watch us that day…