Sunday, May 27, 2012

Super quick update

Gwen cantered under saddle for the first time yesterday- and I'm here to talk about it!

We were trotting uphill in the field across from the pasture when she spooked a little at a bird in a tree. Instead of flying sideways she just picked up a canter. I let her go for a few strides before I brought her down from a trot. Let me tell you, it was lovely. She was smooth and round and everything that I knew she'd be.

I did not ask her for it so I didn't reward her. I'm not ready for her to think that cantering is great and she needs to do it all the time. But when we're ready- she's going to be brilliant.

Also, she's learning lateral movement.

We're making progress!

10 comments:

  1. Sounds good. You and Gwen are making progress. And now you know how her canter feels. And most importantly you're here to tell about it. I have a feeling it won't be long before you two are cantering all over the fields!

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  2. I don't think I have to tell you, "wow, do you remember when...?!" She has come such a long way! It hasn't been a fast journey but it sounds like the right one because the time is finally paying off!

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  3. Sounds wonderful! So nice to know that a beautiful canter is there waiting for you. Also it's great that it just 'happened' with no pressure or stress for her. Clearly there are great thing to come.

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  4. I haven't had much time to comment lately, but just had to tell you I LOVE the header photo (such a cute picture and such happy expressions from both of them) and I share your excitement about the cantering. Sounds like she's even starting to develop a feeling of responsibility for you while you're on her back...and that is a sign of a mature horse who cares a lot about her rider!

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  5. Clearly you're doing things right! Congratulations Shannon. :)

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  6. Super! She is talented and you handled things just the right way.

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  7. Oh that's so great! Gwenny is really lovely and neato that she's got that supremely delicious canter waiting to be tapped!

    Happy happy times!
    KK

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