Mostly this has been a focus on staying forward and getting lighter to the aids, whether that is reminding him that"go" means "go NOW" or getting his tushy laterally mobile with the lightest of nudges.
My rides have been sparse - but great. I'm clearly out of riding shape which is horrifying to me, but easily remedied by clearing my schedule and taking my stirrups away.
However, even with a less than sticky seat or solid core - I'm enjoying our rides. Winds is alert, on task and so responsive it feels like I'm driving a really fancy sports car- with an automatic transmission.
Which is to say, it's really, really fun and doesn't require a ton of muscle.
|That's not to say I couldn't use some... eek.|
The schedule is weird, so we only end up showing on wed, thurs and fri - which makes for long days but 4 days off in between weeks - so hopefully his highness finds that satisfactory.
The goal is to get one more solid outing at 3'3" without any weird crash-like incidents as well as getting me in the ring one more time to play with my new-found forward buttons. There is a Derby to add if all is going well - but mostly I'm looking forward to getting a few rounds in, packing a VRBO full of barn ladies, and putting a nice little capstone on our season.