Okay, after Chrome's mud bath yesterday I just HAD to give him a bath!!! So here he is after his bath all clean and pretty. :)
Impatiently pawing, brat! He doesn't do it often and stops when I tell him to, so I took a second to snap a picture.
Rubbing his itchy throat on the gate.
Trying to push the gate open with his nose.
Here he's giving me the stink eye for telling him not to push the gate open.
Just in case you can't tell he was absolutely full of himself! So I decided to take him for a walk while he dried, hoping to avoid the popular after bath roll.
I LOVE this shot! He looks so Arabian in it. :)
That vinegar rinse leaves him so shiny!
He kept wanting to trot around because he was feeling his oats, but he was too close for me to keep him in the frame for pictures. :(
The only decent trot picture and he's still partly out of frame (not to mention in a weird stride).
Watching me and Faran at the same time lol.
He's so gorgeous in my totally biased opinion! He skinny little haunches need some hill work LOL!
After our walk we had our tenth ride. I got video, but it turned out so bad I'm not going to post it. I guess my husband had it zoomed in or something because we were out of frame most of the time (or it was staring at Chrome's legs). I did manage to get a couple of still shots from the video though. :D He was doing well on his long and low work and responding to my cues fairly well (I'm still working on consistency of my cues; I MUST stop looking down at him and start thinking forward with my body!), so I worked on steering a little. He was totally confused. He can't walk and turn at the same time (if it's my idea, does it fine on his own lol) because he thinks the reins mean stop I guess, even when I use just one rein. Weird. So I'm going to backtrack a bit and work on flexions from the ground, then from his back. We will get there. This has been a good lesson for me on breaking things down into tiny steps for success!
P.S. Please don't critique my position. I'm in a bit of a chair seat (heels not lined up with hips and shoulders). Any tips on fixing that bareback? It's way easier to get the correct position in a saddle lol. :)
Also, does he still look too small for me? I'm seriously considering taking a break from riding to give him more time to grow physically and mature mentally. I've been enjoying working on our ground work (and it definitely needs more touching up and consistency), so it won't upset me to not ride him right now. Knowing that I can makes it easier not to lol. I just want to give him the best start possible in learning to use his back and I don't want to make it more difficult for him by riding him before he's ready. I totally forgot to mention he trotted with me again today!! We had just returned from our walk and I got on. He got carried away and wanted to find Faran and Zep so he trotted off (right under low hanging branches lol), but he stopped when I asked him to and we were fine. So I don't think it's "difficult" for him to carry me, I just don't want him to learn to drop his back under me. I'm probably just over-analyzing everything!
Anyway thanks for any tips, hints or advice you can offer!