A Little Info On Cool
Cool is one of our horses who has had a hard go of it the past year or so. He had an incident in the field that led to stall rest and a long recovery. It is hard to Xray the hip/ pelvic area in a horse. From his symptoms and severity of his pain. It was assumed that he had a fracture in this area.
Finally Able To Start His Rehab
Finally, after many months of stall rest and then turn out without riding, we have begun to get him restarted. He has been progressing with flying colors
It has just been the last few weeks that we thought he was strong enough to start cantering. Considering that short time period we have been working him in canter, he really is progressing well.
You can see in the picture that Christina appears to be looking up to where she is going. That is always a good thing!
This is the first thing I notice that could be improved. As I have said a million times, we strive to ride in a position where we have a straight line from shoulder to hip to heel. Christina’s shoulders are slightly forward of that straight line. Luckily, she hasn’t come so far forward that it has affected her seat bones.
I love Christina’s seat and leg in this photo. She really looks ” plugged in”. Both seat bones in the saddle in a way that they can be used to influence Cool’s movement and frame if necessary.
If I was going to be nitpicky I would say that her inside foot is slightly farther through the stirrup than I’d like to see it.
In my opinion, Christina’s hands are textbook. They are out in front of her. Sort of floating in front of her between her belly button and the saddle.
This combined with a good effective leg position has created what?
A Beautiful Connection With His Mouth
Cool looks fabulous in this picture. The best part about this picture and I think that anyone who saw him throughout his recovery process would agree, is how strong his hind end looks. You can really see him using that inside leg way up underneath him. That is a great sign of his progress.
Since he is moving forward his back is round and he is in a great frame. If I had to say anything negative about his frame I would say he was maybe slightly behind the bit. Very, very slightly. To the point that I think it could just be his head position at the moment the picture was taken.
One To Be Proud Of
This is a great picture and great riding on Christina’s part! I’m proud of them! We are making progress! Project Cool is well on its way!