Big trees fall hard.
Maybe we should stick to dressage.
What we have here is a failure to ambulate.
When we go high, he goes low.
At least he's pretty.
|i can live with pretty|
|i like riding in pretty places too|
|quiet, thy name is charlie!|
This can often create stumbling blocks (lol puns) in the training process.
|bella looked great!!!!|
spoiler alert: charlie reached neither this height, nor this form haha
|he tried, tho. sorta.|
|ground pole champion!!!|
|gotta watch out for those cavaletti tho.... they'll getcha every time!|
|c'mon charlie, this problem is not solved by slowing to a walk over the poles...|
|moving out with a little encouragement|
|there ya go, buddy! there's that exaggerated canter stride we know and love!|
|and we have lift off!!|
Grid work is a common theme in lessons with trainer P anyway, but letting the horse go without a rider had the advantage of removing his whole "resisting the rider's aids" issue from the equation. Without a rider, Charlie had nothing to fuss or fight against distracting him from the task at hand.
video here, fail-tacular wipe out and all
(i was undecided about including the wipe out in the video bc i'm like 73% positive charlie's former owners subscribed to my youtube channel.... and.... while it wasn't a bad fall, it's also not really the picture i want them to have of their beloved race horse learning to jump. oh well. my adherence to documenting the entire training process won out, and the clip is included. tho i resisted the urge to add in gratuitous slo-mo..... maybe that'll crop up as a gif one of these days!)
The way I see it, everything seems to happen a little slowly in Charlieland - including his let down and transition from race horse to riding horse (we're just now at the 6 month mark since his last race). But I'm hopeful for some breakthrough moments haha. I'm both eagerly awaiting and dreading our first xc jumps. Methinks the solid fences will grab his attention and encourage more respect.... but I also would love to not ride one of those epic stumbles.... We'll see!
Ahh horses. It's always a trade off with something, right? I really love Charlie's quiet and pleasant disposition tho - and the time I spend with him is often the highlight of my day. So that alone is enough to bolster my patience in taking the time he needs to figure out what apparently does not come super naturally to him.
Have you faced similar trade offs with your horse? Has your horse needed extra time for skills development? Or maybe he's like Bella - plenty talented, but sensitive and needing help staying calm?