First off.... sorry no pictures.... yeah I know that totally sucks. I agree lol. We've had horrible weather and internet problems on top of that, so I kind of disappeared for a while. Don't worry though, I've still been doing Chrome's workouts even though I haven't been posting. We're done with week three, so .... seven weeks to go LOL! He's doing really well though. Today his stifle seemed sore (I've been asking him to yield his hindquarters a lot, so I may have overdone it a little) and the weather was (finally!) gorgeous so I decided to skip the longeing and ride him instead (so I could keep him on straight lines). I'm still counting it toward his work out for the Couch To 5k, since even though he didn't trot for a full seven minutes straight he was carrying my butt around. I figure that evens it out somehow LOL!
I only rode for fifteen minutes. We warmed up at the walk and practiced steering. He's doing sooo much better. The first thing I noticed is that his "walk on" and "whoa" are soooooooo much better!!!!!! I was getting perfect walk transitions and halts with a teeny bit of leg and the voice cue. I didn't have to use a whip, rope, my heels or anything. Just a gentle squeeze. :D Maybe the slug is finally going to lose his lazy bone lol.
After warming up I took him into the back of his five acre pasture where it's flat and there are no trees. I turned him back to Faran (and the barn) and asked him to trot. Once again a mere squeeze of my legs, saying trot on and giving a cluck and he immediately started trotting!! In fact his trot transition is so big I have to grab mane! I was bareback during all of this by the way lol. The really cool thing is that he trotted a perfectly straight line at a consistent tempo (instead of the speeding up, slowing down and weaving he did the first time we worked on trotting) and he stopped perfectly when I asked him to!!!!!! I was so proud of him!
We worked on trot, walk and whoa for around seven minutes or so. He did so well. His trot is actually really comfortable to sit bareback (well once I got used to grabbing mane for his powerful upward trot transition lol!). I'm pleased. Oh did I mention this was all bareback, loose in a five acre pasture AND our first ride alone?? Literally there was no one out there with me until right at the end when my husband got home from work and I showed him what we were working on. So yay me I finally conquered my fear (more like anxiety) of riding alone and had fun! Now I just have to get over riding on the road/trail alone. :)
I really noticed the difference in Chrome's responsiveness, strength, tempo and endurance since his last ride before we started longeing for his Couch to 5k. The difference in three weeks is great. I can't wait to see how he is after the full ten weeks. I'm finally getting rid of his couch potato tendencies.... now to work on me.... lol!
Anyway I'm rambling and my husband and I have a date, so I have to go!