Another month gone by… lets see where I am

April:
Goal by end: Jumping individual X’s and 18″ verticals from the trot inside. Balanced canter, correct half halts. Hacking at the walk. Canter in outdoor ring (weather permitting!) Do a 6 mile ride.
28-29 – Volunteer at Aprilfest
May
Goal by end: Canter single fences, 2′ -2’6″ from trot or canter. Walk trot on hacks. Complete CYEH Dressage test without too much difficulty and be relatively pleasing to watch. Load on trailer within 15 mins. Clean up some of the x-country jumps. Do an 8 mile ride.12- Maybe go and watch CYEH tests at Glen Oro, Orillia
19-20 – Hopefully volunteer and trailer B to OCTRA spring ride in Millbrook

June
Goal by end: Complete a full course of 2′-2’9″ at trot or canter. WTC on hacks. Cross the river. Learn to braid mane nicely! Do a 10 mile ride. Hand gallop in outdoor ring. Safely tied on trailer.
10-Hopefully volunteer and trailer B to Stormont CTR in Finch, ON
16-17 – Hopefully volunteer and trailer B to Summer Solstice in Mansfield
23-24 – Maybe CYEH at horse trials at Woodwind Farm Orillia, maybe just watch!
30-Jul 1 – Hopefully volunteer and trailer B to Cayuse canter, Millbrook

July
Goal by End: Do 1 offsite rode (OCTRA or CYEH). Do a 15 mile ride. Jump a <2’9″ course with one line. Jump a ditch jump and a few small x-country jumps. Ride in snaffle.4 – Maybe CYEH at Equus 3D
15 – Hopefully volunteer and trailer B to Flesherton CTR
21 – Schooling event for CYEH at Glen Oro
22 – Maybe CYEH at Equus 3D

August
Goal by End: Jump a full course entirely at canter. Jumps with “scary” filler or standards. Trot up hills. Able to syringe electrolytes.
8 – CYEH GlenArden farms in fergus
12 – Summers End Training Ride – 15 Mi SS Millbrook
19 – Seouls Corners Endurance – 12 mi SS
22 – CYEH at Equus 3D
25-26 – CYEH at Woodwind

September
Goal by end: Sane and happy hacks, Drinking at river, snacking en route.
1-14 – Horsey Holiday!
2 – Me volunteer at FEI endurance at Stormont
16 – Massie Autumn Colours – 12 mi SS
23 – CYEH at Glen Oro
29-30 – Oktoberfest in Mansfield – 12 mi SS

October
Goal by End: 20 Mi hack at walk trot. Tie for picnic! Find appropriate saddle.

Looks like the main thing I missed was the canter.  We DO have sane canters now, but its still sometime hit or miss as to whether we get it or we gallop, at least the chances are now more like 90/10 instead of 50/50.  So I did not want to cross it off the list, even thoug I am “mostly” there… mostly.  I think once I have the bit in more we should be better, its an incredible transformation.  I think a lot of it is in my head too.  I notice when we canter, I am bouncing around a lot, which I think means I am subconsciously stiffening up. Hes a good boy, but we haven’t got to that level of trust yet.  Considering this, I am so grateful that he isn’t getting out of control and trying to run from my stiff butt in the canter.  We will get there!

We are also re-starting lessons with Margie next week, which helps me.  I ride a lot better with a second brain, and confidence is a big thing with Bentley!

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