It's been awhile since I have written about apache. About two months ago some thing really began clicking with him. So many things got better at once. Turning, impulsion, transitions. His rider is working on managing this new found energy and enjoying how much easier he is to ride in the ring. She has just begun to play with canter transitions and is able to transition him to a halt in shoulder in and shoulder out. At the moment I am only working him once a week so the amount of improvement in each session is pretty special. It is fun to see him changing his way of going. Some things I have noticed are: his hind end was so strung out when I first began working with him. He had all of his weight on the forehand and he was unable to sustain a gait, hence no self carriage. His halts are becoming square! He almost always left a hind leg strung far out. His croup is no longer flat, but round which makes his back look shorter and stronger.
I noticed after our photo shoot recently that I still need to give him more responsibility in maintaining direction (steering from my body and continuing to go where I tell him) and today we worked on just that. He could at the end do a full circle in both directions with no reins! We still have a ways to go in flexibility, and now that I have some energy we can experiment with the kind of stretching that doesn't dive him on the forehand. It has been really fun to see the difference and know that I can do it a little bit at a time. Apache is my experiment in getting 1% better every ride and being okay with that (really we make 10-20% (I guess I might not be as okay as I thought)). I need to watch myself when I begin looking for 40-60% improvements. It is very easy for me to only address what isn't working. Whew!!! I appreciate Apache so much. One Horse Life is a great resource to check out when wanting to see a change.
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If you see some behaviors of your horse as problems, you are disconnecting from him and Reality. Look at these "problems" with a question: "What does it say about me?". And act. Change yourself upon this."
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That is challenging and the next step. But it is so much easier to fall back on making them do it!!! Ok Terina, remember, 1% improvement at a time......