Reason stepped it up today. Instead of completely focusing on smooth walk to trot, halt to trot transitions and staying in front of the leg, I added in some work to help him stretch; go long and low and follow my hands. I felt a couple really cool things through doing this. One of which was Reason’s total, ‘this mom, this mom?’ attitude towards the whole thing, a lifting back and push from behind instead of the regular shuffle in the front end. Hello, awesomeness! How cool! He was looser in his jaw and following my hands wherever I put them. Stretch down, come up a bit and more on the vertical – he did it all! I was so proud and I felt the inner Dressage horse coming through. The moments were little bits at a time, but that’s the start and if he’s already taking to the concept this quickly, I’m sure things will move steady in that regard. I think one of the best things besides ‘that’ feeling where you feel the horse ‘connect‘ physically, was also the connection mentally. Reason was into what we were doing. He hasn’t been really impressed with anything lately where riding is concerned, not that I really blame him, so the fact that he was so willing and so focused, only added to the overall goodness of the ride.
I felt Reason matures little bits at a time as we move on. He becomes less resistant and less ‘no’, and more willing and accepting to learn something new. He’s been a tough cookie when it comes to his mental perspective and ideas of things he shouldn’t and should be doing. If I can gather the parts of him that are willing, happy and brilliant, find ways to break through the wall he has up, I will eventually get through to the horse on the other side. That horse if you will, is always right there, but yet not.
Overall Reason has really lightened up in his attitude too. He’s a happy horse who’s blossoming into mature gelding instead of a silly colt. I love the silly colt, but it’s time for him to grow up now.
He’s such a lovely, light, beautiful mover too, I just would love to see it come forward under saddle!