I moved to this barn at the end of August just as school was getting back into gear. One reason, among many, that I haven't done much trail riding is that my long time trail riding pal, Taz's Mom, has been MIA for quite some time. She's expecting some grand babies this summer so her focus has been on the mommy-to-be. Now that summer vacation is nearly here, I plan to head out on the trail more.
Saturday's lesson was a pretty rigorous one. I knew Speedy would have a follow up on Monday, so it seemed only right to do our version of a trail ride on Sunday. I am pretty sure Speedy appreciated it. He was more than happy to amble along snatching mouthfuls of green grass here and there. Most of you are probably horrified at the graze and ride strategy, but it's a well-honed skill for endurance horses. And once taught, it seems a bit mean to change the rules.
As we ambled however, Saturday's lesson kept coming to mind, and I realized that even while plodding along I could practice some of the skills JL was teaching me. When I felt Speedy plod along too slowly, I gave him a wake up! squeeze and was quite pleased with how well he sharpened up. Hmm, Saturday's lesson must have been remembered.
As we made the turn that takes us back toward home, Speedy's pace quickened. What I felt was that he was running on the forehand (in less polite terms, ass over teakettle) and his hind end didn't match the hustle of the front. Aha! Just like in the previous day's lesson, I slowed the front end and squeezed to engage his hind end. It worked like a charm. All of a sudden we were covering the ground, and I could feel that he was matched front to back. Success!