A week of early mornings to beat the heat (which looks to be the theme for the next month) & continued progress for Cactus!
This week, we continued to ride in & out of the arena.
Inside the arena, we've been spending a lot of time at the trot & lope working on softening & having Cactus be accepting of pressure during downward transitions & stopping.
I'd like to see Cactus slow down a bit in the trot & lope for what you'll be utilizing him for, but he seems to naturally be a bit more forward & bigger-strided.
Outside of the arena, we rode in the neighbor's pasture, crossing the creek, crossing fallen trees, etc. The only spook I've seen from Cactus was when we surprised a duck in the creek that flew up. Even then, it was a pretty minuscule jump in place.