So I just received the little video snippets my mother took the last time she visited one of my schooling sessions with Roux. This was in late February. Video quality is poor because she filmed them on the phone…sorry about that. In the last clip you can’t even really tell we’re doing ones unless you really look… I’d really like to get some good quality, longer-length footage of us in the near future but that’s not likely to happen until we find a show to compete in. I’ve got finals coming up in the next two weeks, so the new plan since I wasn’t able to show during the EHV-1 outbreak is to look for somewhere in May so that we can do our first I-2 after I’m done with finals week.
Oh, and here’s a picture of the goober from our time together today. He never learned as a youngster to deal with being in a pasture, so he’s got absolutely zero ideas concerning self-preservation when he’s loose. Because of that, I have to walk him out to the paddock for ~15 minute intervals (after that, he’s done running around and just wants to go back to his stall) so that I can keep an eye on him. I took this picture today and couldn’t believe just how fit and big he’s gotten muscularly. There’s certainly even been a change since the video was taken…we’ve really been working hard on our passage-piaffe and we started putting a lot of emphasis on his balance in the ones once he figured out he could “do” them, and it’s really changed his body shape especially around the shoulders and neck!