He's making the most of it - as indicated by needing to go up two girth sizes in one week. It's nice to see him putting a little extra weight on.. but very confusing when I'm trying to guess what girth to grab for the day...
Lots of lengthening and collecting at the trot and canter, and holy moly are we getting adjustable. All the sudden Winds has the strength to stay lifted and uphill in his adjustments and he almost feels like a fancy dressage horse.
Two months ago our "lengthenings" felt like a 10% change. Now they feel like a 40% change.
It's awesome. It's in his back and up his wither and just lovely to feel.
It's also a really good way for me to get used to what he's supposed to feel like when we are maintaining a big, active step.
We are also working lots on our counter canter - which is rad now that Winds realizes it's a thing. Before he definitely didn't know it was a thing and got mad that I was telling him to do something wrong.
It's a thing.
And now we do it.
On the flat there is also a lot of spiraling in and out which is great for our balance and impulsion and me not getting stuck turning with that outside rein (dangit).
Over fences, Winds has decided that jumps under 3' are ok to jump. He looks less like a moose falling over a log, and more like a cute, tolerant pony.
|My leg, however is a different issue|
The balance coming up means I have to stay forward instead of opening up and leaning back. Me staying forward (even when I want to collect) is very hard for my brain. But I've noticed I brace less and keep a softer, more adjustable horse if I stay just a touch more closed in my hip than I want to.
When all of this is happening, the jumps are so easy to find. It doesn't matter how big or small they are, we just canter up and canter away. The trick is not letting Winds' hind leg slow down, or letting my brain talk me out of a carrying a touch more pace.
We've got 10 days until heading up to Thunderbird for a week (or maybe) two of showing. Current plan is the 3'3" Pre-Greens for Winds (I think) and the 2'9" for me. I'm feeling really confident about where we are and continuing to lock in our partnership.