Eli feels pretty good under saddle now, and I’ve started reintroducing small fences. On Saturday, he felt quite pokey, and didn’t do anything out of the ordinary even cantering a small gate twice.
On Sunday, he stayed relaxed over a cross rail, and I bumped us up to trotting in and cantering out a line of very small fences. But the oxer … SO EXCITING. Whether he was throwing a tantrum or celebrating, who knows, but I made sure to get through that line without theatrics after the oxer, which took a number of tries. But the last two times were where we need to be — he got a lead change the second to last time with minimal head tossing, and landed very politely the last time.
He gets today off, and I am hoping to do an hour of alternating marching and relaxing walk under saddle Tuesday, but chances of rain are up so that might have to change.