With the heat this week, TR & I stayed in the arena as we took advantage of the "cooler" temps around sunset. I've continued to ride him in the Jr. Cowhorse bit & continue to love how much better he feels. For lack of better words, I would have the urge to bump his head up. It wasn't because he was physically pushing or leaning on the bit a majority of the time, but there was just a dullness in his face & front end. I continue to work on yielding the hindquarters while having his head tipped in the same direction. He's much stronger with this to the left but struggles to arrange his body for this going to the right. His tendency to feel like he's got that right shoulder 'stuck out' plays a part. We also spend a fair bit of time loping, making sure that I can pick him up & push him to the outside of the circle as well as bringing him to the inside of the circle using the outside rein & leg. I want to be able to put his body wherever I want it.
Next week, we'll spend time outside of the arena & might even spend some time at the jumping log.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
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.