|I know the feeling|
Anywho, fast-forward to today and the current state of my ankle:
|My ankle yesterday|
I did celebrate the occasion. I got four solid canter departs with Coriander out on the trail yesterday. I figured out (DUH) I needed to squeeze and scoop with my hips, don't know why I wasn't squeezing. Once I put it all together he stepped up within a stride or two of me asking him, even in places we've never cantered before. I think we're ready to give it a shot inside the outdoor arena now- way to go March goals!
Then, in extra defiance of history, I got on Gwen. She's getting better about forward but her mind was 100% on the hay under the barn. I asked her to move and she bee-lined right for it, subsequently bringing us right under the roof. Guess what she got to practice then? Yielding her hindquarters under saddle. She's good at it to the left, not so much at the right, but she's stiffer than concrete to the right so I'm not surprised. She even decided to step off on her own, I'm not clicking her for this since I don't want to start that bad habit, but it gave me the chance to ask for a whoa- which I got! I couldn't be happier with how relaxed she is when I'm on her now, though next time I'm going to give her a little more munch time before I take her out.
Here's a link showing my x-rays if you're really into seeing grimness...