Unfortunately for me, barn work has been crazy hectic and I've been forced to put the riding on the back burner. The horses are getting out and lunged, but no real training other than the client horses...they are doing well. With the nasty cold temperatures, I don't care to work the horses very hard, so for BooBoo, it's a lot of stretching forward and downward in all 3 gaits. CeCe had a couple great rides on him already this week.
Junior was a star today. His warmup work was very forward and energetic with a nice relaxed, swinging back. His mouth was foamy and soft in the snaffle right from the very beginning. We worked mainly on changes in tempo within the canter especially medium canter to pirouette canter on a straight line. He likes to put his haunches right in the down transition, so I was able to really focus on the straightness by riding on the rail rather than a circle (which is how I usually do this exercise).
From there, I worked the counter canter with counter flexion, again, focusing on keeping him very straight. Unfortunately, he had too much fun doing the one tempis in our last ride, and so was hoping to do changes again when I'd change the bend. Rather than do the flying change back to the counter canter, I would make a walk transition back to the lead of my choice. He made this mistake at least a couple times before he understood we were not going to play the game.
After about 45 minutes of work, Junior was no where near ready to be done. I had to begin teaching lessons, so Liz got on and continued to exercise. Junior went around, happy and relaxed, forward and down for another half hour before he decided he was happy to finish. It was so cute, once they were done, Liz came over to where I was sitting to get her coat and Junior walked up to me and licked my face. Love!