It's been terribly cold all weekend long. I had high hopes for getting lots of things done at the barn this weekend...but not way! Christmas decorations and cleaning can wait until the middle of the week when it's back in the 30's.
What does the training week look like? I'm excited to ride Junior tomorrow. Our last ride included a super fun exercise that proved to me he was really on the aids and listening to my leg very carefully. On a straight line, I would ask for 2 1-time changes and would then count 3 normal strides back to 2 1-time changes. Skip/skip/1,2,3/skip/skip. I might change to 3 1-tempis with 2 normal strides, etc. I did this exercise on the quarter lines, on the rail and on the diagonal. Junior never made a mistake! Oddly enough, however, I noticed I had to concentrate much harder to make proper aids going right then left. Isn't that odd? The diagonals were never a problem, left either, but going to the right, I'd have to really "make" my left leg work properly. Hmmmm?? Wonder what that means?
I will likely play with this exercise again, just because it was really fun and Junior likes working on changes, but mostly, I'm going to keep the cavalletti out and work the passage strides and various exercises. Both Junior and Wheels are going to work quite hard this week since I have a little extra help and can have a ground person to change the poles around.
BooBoo is going to continue working in the same manner. Focus will be on straightness and working through some tensions issues that keep creeping up. To the right, he tilts his head with his left ear down. We'll work on various neck positions and changes within the gait to try and work out the kinks.
Boo needs to get sales videos made. She needs to get clipped, her mane pulled and braided and we'll go to work. She needs to show what she has learned and also work through some of her reservations about the canter. She canters croup high, likely because of her confirmation, and needs to develop lots more strength through her loin. We work primarily in trot to strengthen her for the canter. She's working much better in canter on the longe and we work in bits under saddle so that we can preserve her confidence. She'll be fine, just needs strength.
Liz also needs videos made for Doc since she wants to apply as a demo rider for the NEDA Spring Symposium with Carol Lavell and Mike Poulin. It would be really interesting for her to ride with them considering both of them rode Doc's sire a million years ago! I think they would appreciate that fact and will have a better understanding of Doc in general.
Looking forward to "warmer" weather!