He has certainly settled into a routine, greeting me in the morning for our early ring time. Another piece of advice I have been readily given, and take to heart regardless of the horse and situation - keep a routine. Whether its gallop sets every 4 days to prepare for a big Event or grooming and riding at the same time every day, there is a lot of merit to keeping a routine. Steady progress can only be achieved by consistency (within a routine) , this does not mean I do the same thing every day with Ryker - My goal is not to bore him out of his mind, but to give him some sense of security while he is being mentally challenged.
And without further ado,
HUSTON WE HAVE LIFT OFF ;)
I can't wait to really get started now that we're working undersaddle. So far he has taken to things very quickly - ex. lounging, longlines, poles (at walk and trot) - I can only hope that he will take to questions undersaddle just as quickly.
In other news, he got front shoes back on today! He's been a little footsore without front shoes and slightly long toes, especially since the ground has been so hard and unforgiving for turnout. We'll see if anything changes about his attitude undersaddle.
Day (I'm not sure any more!) assesment: Quite, Sensitive, and Intelligent.