With the arena still pretty saturated this week, we spent our rides out & about down the gravel roads & through the creek & pastures.
We spent a fair bit of time down the gravel roads working on our trotting, loping, & his ability to soften & transition down to the walk. I can see why you haven't done a lot of loping on him. He's definitely not the smoothest-loping horse. He does start out loping a bit faster than I was like, but I allow him to move out & ease back down into a more appropriate speed. As time goes on, he'll pick that slower speed over the faster pace that requires more effort.
His lateral & vertical softness has continued to improve along with his stop & back. He's neck reining really quite nicely.
He still gets a bit bracey & worried when asked to do a full turnaround, so we've been sprinkling those throughout our rides so that he doesn't feel like he's being picked on.
Next week, we'll continue to ride out & about, sprinkling our body control exercises throughout. I have a couple of horses that will be going home & he'll likely get to help during their lessons & accompany them on their "out & about" rides.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Saturday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.