|goal one: teach bobby to pose.|
1. Grow up. The main focus for every single ride needs to be centered around keeping any tension from cropping up, and if he does start to get wound up about something, to lose the anxiety and transition back to relaxation as quickly as possible. This cycling between perfect to bat shit crazy to perfectly acceptable has got to be halted. It's a waste of time, and it's not doing anyone any favors.
2. Correct the right drift. This has been a life long problem of Bobby's, and with my left knee being essentially useless most of the time, I'm sure I play into it by happily leaning with him. Lots of vee formation poles through grids to get straightness back into our lines.
|goal two: learn to clip better. (also, despite appearances, horse is not a pony.)|
1. Push for more. It seems almost counteractive to Bobby's first goal, but I can't feed into his "idiosyncrasies" (to put it nicely) and let him loaf around doing mediocre work when he is, in fact, perfectly capable of performing at a higher level. He needs to step up to the plate, and I need to be the one responsible to ask him to do it. Quietly, calmly, without building tension, but doing it nonetheless.
2. Get comfortable jumping out of an open stride. Not faster, but bigger, longer, more forward steps. I need to lengthen that stride, and then not psych myself out and reel it back in to a collected dressage canter.
3. Sell the horse? This should not come as a surprise to anyone, and I've been talking it over more and more with Hubby. Bobby has never been and never will be my heart horse. I can take him to any barn, and within a month he's got a fan club of people that adore him more than I do, and I've known him since birth. Everyone hits rough patches with their horses, but deep down they still like their partner. I can hit high patches with Bobby and still not particularly like him. We'll see what this spring brings, but this is very much on the table at the moment.
|goal three: have another winter like this one!|