Man is it hot here. We’ve been around 30 degrees all weekend and it’s waaaaaaaay too hot for everyone. On Saturday in the middle of said heat wave the saddler came out! Poor Dino. Not been ridden since April and then I go and get on him in the middle of the hottest day of the year so far. He was not particularly impressed.
Good job we saw her too: she had to bring the saddle in by an inch! We have been doing some work on being relaxed about the saddle and I think he’s getting better so this is all good. We did just a few mins walk/trot on Saturday and about 20 mins in total walk/trot on Sunday. He’s not as bad as I thought and Emma thinks he’s carrying himself a bit better. Hopefully we’ll be back to fitness in a few weeks!
We have also almost eliminated the nipping in ST work. This is a BIG step forwards and I’m super happy! I’ve been using clicker to reinforce wanted behaviour and it seems to be paying off. Need to do some 2mm stuff on HI/SI but the pushing is getting lessened I think so I’m feeling much happier about it.