Now that Max is back in work mode, our homework has been to keep up with the forward. I still start my rides out with a quick lunge to help him work out any stiffness.
Yesterday we had a blast galloping around the arena and cantering over poles. We even jumped one! He definitely seems happier to go fast. So looking forward to seeing how he does in a hunter pace!
Today I had a lesson with J and it was another fabulous ride. She noted that my left elbow moves forward too much when asking for a canter to the right and if I hold it steady I'd see an improvement in our canter depart. And true enough he went straight into a canter without any rushy steps. Oh and did I mention the snow and ice came crashing down like train wrecks, left right and center? Max didn't even flinch ..save at the very end when another horse spooked. He took a few trot steps forward but came back. Such a good boy!
Looking forward to another warm week ahead!