Hannah and I have been a team for about 1 month now and are really becoming in sync with each other. We are speaking each other’s language, can anticipate each other, and have figured out what the other wants and likes.
Our first week together was spent hand-walking as she recovered from some NQR-ness. Then we got to know each other under saddle doing flatwork. Right away we included ground poles, which she really likes. Then we started hopping over very small cross-rails. This past weekend we stepped it up to “real” jumps in the 2′ – 2’3″ neighborhood and had several excellent rides.
|We even did that skinny in the middle.|
Our trainer reminded me that Hannah has basically had one rider from birth and its great that we are getting along so well.
Hannah is a very willing horse and likes to go to work, but she expects her rider to do her fair share. Her former rider is very experienced, so the pressure is on for me to keep a good position, be clear and subtle with my aids, and work on my strength and fitness.
Hannah prefers arena work to trail rides or hacks around the property, but she’s a good sport overall. This week we’ve started adding trot and canter work on some wide, long stretches of trail. So far so good.