"Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity" (Paul Goodman 1911-1972)
"I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters" (Oprah Winfrey 1954-)
It’s me grinning today.
Yesterday was one of the good days.
As I wrote in the last post Fame was not at her best in the training last week, but yesterday we had some good moves out there.
I felt already when we started that she was much more between the aids.
One of my goals for the winter season is to get the counter canter in place.
We have no indoor arena, just an outdoor which makes the training more difficult when the weather is not favourable. We have limited access (1-2 times a week) to the indoor arena at a close by stable. That helps.
Once the snow comes, there is no problem. Snow is a super surface to work on if it’s properly prepared. The problem is that the snow came late this year, not until the week before Xmas, and then it rained away just after a few days.
We need a good surface for the canter work. So due to the weather, we are a bit behind the schedule. But I’ll hope we’ll make up for it now, as the snow is here.
Yesterday we trained counter canter on a volte for the first time.
She did well.
Normally, in counter canter the horse's head is positioned to the canter side, i.e. the normal “outer” side, on a curve. Going straight, it is positioned straight.
To exercise the horse further you can softly play with positioning the head to the inside of the volte if the balance is good enough, and we were playing a bit with this for the first time yesterday.
She is not yet quite as balanced as she should be. From time to time she got a bit strong in my hand, so I had to balance her up again using half halts, seat and leg to ask her to engage those back legs instead of leaning into my hand.
We’re working on it.
The trot work was also good yesterday.
She was working with a soft, good connection and rhythm, and she had quite a nice extension in the end of the training session.
So I’m happy today :-)
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