Even though Lilly is wearing casts, I still use her boots when I ride. Hopefully that will help the casts last a bit longer, especially since I'm starting to see some wear on the toes. I assume that means she's still doing quite a bit of toe first landing.
We had another really nice ride today. We did some basic trot work and quite a bit of cantering, along with some transitions and it all went really well. She had a brief moment of panic when she couldn't quite switch gears into the canter, but I didn't make a big deal of it and we went back to the walk. When she still seemed on edge, anticipating the canter transition, we took a "time out" (a long and low circle) and she was back to being focused. She's made so much progress with that and I'm thrilled with how quickly she can let it go and settle. I also put a few poles out and worked her over those a bit... let's just say we need to work on poles a lot.
I'm also happy to report that my "emergency break" has finally been installed. It was taking her a while to pick up on my not-so-subtle cue, but now she'll stop without any help from the reins or my voice... and when I say stop, I mean instant WHOA. (Alex, you'd be proud! She's really tucking her caboose!) Today she flawlessly executed it numerous times at each gait. Hopefully I can refine the cue a bit, but I'm just thrilled she's got it.
I'm really considering a trace clip this year. Hopefully we'll be doing a lot of work this winter and I think it would be a huge benefit for us. I'm still pondering...
|Enjoying the sunshine.|