After a few weeks filled with groundwork and longeing with Romanesque, I started to combine it with work in hand.
And gradually, over the last couple of weeks, we’re progressing from doing the sequence in walk, in trot, and now
also in the canter.
Of course, there’s a lot to ‘polish’ and refine, but again,
the mind didn’t forget what it learned.
the mind is not the limiting factor at the moment, it’s more the body that has to grow stronger and get more flexible so it will be more mobile, and that just takes time.
After a couple of weeks of groundwork and longeing, we did an
observing session at liberty:
It showed that Prince Elmelund is
mentally seen ready to deliver. But
physically seen, he still lacks the muscles and core strength after 10 months of holidays and a bit of training.
Now when it comes to
self-carriage, we need it both in body and mind.
And it’s a bit the chicken and the egg,
what is needed first?
Well, it doesn’t matter what came first,
we need both!
The liberty work will get better
physically seen, once the self-carriage in the body is developed in groundwork, longeing, work in hand, and riding pillar. And those other 4 pillars will get better
mentally seen, once our horse gives his Best Aikido at liberty, expressing self-carriage in the mind.
Now with is self-carriage in the mind exactly?
After 10 months being ‘out’ of the game, Maestro and Toronto are back in:
Toronto, 18 years old now, had
a tough couple of months at the start of this year. And Maestro became
24 years old last April!
their ‘mental’ game is strong at the moment!
So we did some groundwork and longeing in the last couple of weeks.
And this is an impression of the very first duo-liberty session
in the new riding arena:
Now it’s always interesting to see that,
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In this video, you see El Blanco in the first week in
the new riding arena.
Now although El Blanco was physically seen a bit out of shape after 10 months of holidays, I was pleased to notice that he was relaxed in the mind:
This is a video of the very first training session with Romanesque and Prince Elmelund
in the new riding arena.
Now about this ‘training’, it was not really about ‘teaching’ or ‘optimizing’ quality, but an
‘observational’ training, to observe their body, mind, heart and soul and their opinion about the new working environment.