Just hanging out in baby horse land between doing the add and moving up to the step and looking for ideas to make that transition easier?
Horse is a 6yo gelding that was supposed to be a large pony and has ended up at 15.2 so far. COVID put last year’s horse show plans on hold so he’s only been out a handful of times and we are doing the babiest of baby green divisions at local shows. He’s not ever going to just lope down the lines at the real distance but I feel confident that the step is in there. In the video you can see I am asking him to whoa down the lines and in the last couple of months doing the add has gotten harder as he’s getting stronger and his stride is naturally opening up.
BUT, he’s not quite ready to comfortably do the step without sometimes finding ourselves launching on the out. Since this horse tended to want to always launch in his earliest jumping efforts and we’ve been working really hard to NOT go there, we’re kind of stuck right now in that less-than-ideal in between phase.
He’s not a sale horse so there’s no hurry or agenda in getting there quickly, but I’d be happy to hear ideas on lengthening the honie canter without losing its quality or rideability. Eventual goal is to be a 3’ Small Hunter.