I am going to eventually have thousands of the same picture because Kin is just so friendly she immediately walks up and follows me everywhere
The indoor was full, so we decided to see how the footing was outside in the big field. And it was perfect! We took advantage of the space, and did an interval workout. We started with 2 minute trot, 1 minute walk sets, followed by 2 minute canter, 2 minute trot sets. We rode for a total of 40 minutes. I kept a loose rein the entire time to give Kal a day off, but she spent most the ride seeking contact and bending on her own, which was just fantastic. I forgot to turn endomondo on right away, but we got the last part of the ride:
Length: 28 minutes
Average Speed: 10.6km/h
Maximum Speed: 21.6km/h
Kal was great today. We did lots of pole work; trot and canter. She has just been giving me a ton of effort lately and we’ve had some very productive rides. She definitely gets a few days off!
Good ride today. Productive in spite of one rider deciding to hog the entirety of the ring…
Hoggy McHoggy-Pants gave Kal and I plenty of opportunity to push for a forward trot on the long walls and collect and bend along the short walls.
After she left, I set up a grid (trot poles to bounce to one stride; crossrail to vertical to cores rail). Kal handled it easily so I bumped the second two jumps into 2’3ish verticals. Our first trip through was our best. The second two were a little iffy. She was tired and crooked and jumped oddly. One of those circumstances where I should have called it a day after the first trip.
We cooled out with a nice, snowy bareback hack in the forest.
It was nice enough (not extremely cold, sleeting, or windy) for a snowy hack after our ride today.
I managed to squeeze in a ride between school and work today. I set up a low gymnastic: trot poles to bounce to one stride to one stride.
During our flat, I worked on pushing Kal to a more forward trot. In the canter, we worked on getting our bend…very successful on her right lead and getting there on her left.
We then worked over the gymnastic. We started with just the trot poles to bounce and added crossrails as we went along. Kal seems to enjoy gymnastics, and I really let her figure it out herself. When she did get weird strides, she was able to fix it herself and continue the gymnastic quite well. I was really impressed with her, and it was a really nice, productive ride.
Kin’s first time in the indoor arena (01/11/13)
She takes out a pylon or two…