So, PJ has stopped shedding. I think it has to do with the drop in temperatures we are experiencing. It was raw and windy today. He was warm enough under his blankets but it must be something in the air that told him to stop loosing hair. Bummer.
I really didn’t want to ride it was so cold, but I forced myself to for the good of PJ. He needs to get fit. He definitely did not have a go button today when we first started out. He was looky because of the weather, but had no desire to go forward, which meant we didn’t turn well. Dressage is full of contradictions. The go button is one of them. To get a horse (especially PJ) to go, you first need to half-halt him to then be able to send him forward. The problem is if he is not going in the first place, then he won’t half-halt. Of course, once you get a horse going, you have to worry if he’s on his forehand, which is not really going forward either. And then to turn you are supposed to prepare with a half-halt but then you also need to send him through the turn instead of allowing him to slow down.
I’m finding that canter work really helps PJ to go forward correctly when we break back to trot, with his hind legs underneath him and pushing. Our canter needs practice, but once we go back to trot, because he is nicely going, I can do all sorts of things, like sit trot or leg yields. However, today I was not in the mood to do much, so once he was going nicely, we quit. Despite the chill in the air, he was sweaty under his saddle, which tells me he put some effort into it. Tomorrow they are calling for rain and then I will be away for a week, so please bear with me if I don’t post for a while.