But Heather and Asha -- talk about an inspiration! Heather purchased Asha I'm guessing 4 years ago. Asha is a German Oldenberg, about 17 hands high. When she came to Heather, she was tall and gangly and uneducated. She fell in, she ran in the trot, but she was a beauty and she had a great attitude. Despite working in a demanding job and dealing with multiple injuries (for both of them), Heather has trained dilegently and kept Asha sound. Last night, Asha and Heather were amazing. Asha has great muscle and great presence and has matured into a stunning horse. She is scoring in the mid to high 60s at 1st level. They are schooling 2nd level. Heather sat quietly and rode with elegance. Their extended trot was breathtaking.
|Photo by Steev Neely. Not last night, but recent.|
We warmed up on the bridle path, on a loose rein, but at a marching walk. Then we did 20 minutes of transition work in the arena (mostly trot-walk-trot) and some counter canter. He tried hard and his balance and throughness improved as we worked. So far, he's doing really well with the GastroGuard. No squirts and a sassy attitude -- works for me. I'm hoping, hoping, hoping that in a month we can take a lesson.