I focused on adjustability at the canter, using the natural shape of the ring: shorten in the turns and lengthen down the long side. We did this both directions, and Miles did great! I think the key is to use more of my entire body to ask for the shorter stride, rather than just half halting with my arms. When I slowed the rhythm of my hips and arms, Miles shortened quickly and easily; and when I swayed my hips for a bigger canter and let my arms flow with his stride, he opened right up.
We had another great ride on Sunday, where I really focused on our partnership. I am very goal-oriented and sometimes it’s hard for me to not do specific exercises to work towards a specific goal. But I realized last week that I am hindering our progress by riding this way right now. Miles and I hardly know each other, and before we launch into the very specific skills, we need to master the basics of how we communicate; we have to walk before we can run.
So I did some ground poles, but once we got good spots and even striding, I called it quits on that topic. No arguing over adjustability over poles! Then we worked on transitions to the canter, from both the walk and trot. At the beginning of our ride, they were very rough. But of course as soon as I asked Sam to watch, they were all perfect. So we ended on that fabulous note.
But the big project of the weekend was new clothes! As I previously mentioned, I ordered some blankets from SmartPak to try, so Mr. Miles was subjected to standing in the crossties while I played dress-up.
I loved the fit of this blanket on Miles. The length was just right, front to back and floor to ceiling (so to speak). The front closure made it easy to adjust to his narrow chest and small neck; plus he looks very stylish in hunter green, if I do say so myself.
|Sam appeasing Miles so I can take more photos.|
|Why am I wearing this stupid blanket?! It’s 65 degrees out!!|
Verdict: I’m definitely keeping this one!
Blanket #2: SmartPak Ultimate Turnout Blanket (Light)
I was excited about the 10-year guarantee, so I just had to try it. I ordered a 78 since that’s what I measured the pony at. And while I love the sheet itself, and several of the features, I don’t love the fit on Miles. What do you guys think? (Sorry in advance for terrible cell phone pictures!)
|I love the front closure!|
|Front to back length looks good.|
|But it looks a little long?? What do you think?|