Horse is on a trailer!
Aside from being perhaps a tad too chubby, Winds looks great. He's feeling strong, supple and eager to work. We've been slowly building up fitness and increasing his jump load, typically bouncing around ten to twelve 2'6" jumps a few times a week.
His changes are light, he's loading his hind end beautifully at the base, and it feels like he's landing and carrying through better than has. Mind you, the jumps are tiny, so all this should be easier - but still...
It all means that I can finally justify a field trip to get off the farm a bit - So we are headed to Tbird (for one week only) to see how Winds' brain is off the property and see how he does opening up on a bigger stride and jumping around a tad.
Expectations are... non-existent, and I don't even know what exactly we'll be entering. Probably something at 2'6" or maaaaybe 2'9" but I'm not certain. the idea is to do a course (possibly two) for a couple days, then he'll just hack out easily over the weekend without any classes.
I think we're both ready for a change of scenery though, and I'm eager to see if he looks as good as he feels!
The slow winter and spring have been great for our skills though, and while I know at this point we'll take the rest of the season relatively easy - everything just feels a bit more polished and put together than it did this time last year.
Finally - I uh.... have been shopping a little and there may or may not be a few new possible "Brads."
Things are cooking, and I'm hoping to share some pics/deets soon!