This is hard.
I don't have any shows coming up and I also have neither a trainer nor any riding buddies, so the pressure and motivation to be cantering "big", "complex" courses has diminished. Add to that the recent illness and injuries that Archie has sustained and my desire to not rush things, and I feel like we haven't been doing much of anything.
A progressive look at my rides since all of that bullshit from last month:
|That outlier on 4/22 is from him missing a shoe and feeling too off to ride.|
|2'ish (I measured afterwards and center hit 2'2", so who the fuck knows.)|
I'm sort of ashamed to admit this because it goes against my lazy nature, but we've also been cantering stirrupless (it's amazing how much better I canter without them) and doing little five-minute bursts of two point on our cool-out trail rides. I've also been wearing my shoulders back harness occasionally.
And to balance out all that practicality, we've also been introducing some new tack: