Well the weather prevented us from riding outside today. Again making me thankful for the wonderful indoor arena at CPH. So I turned on the radio and prepped for some intense flat work drills. Apparently I had set the bar too low for today, ha!
Luciano was wonderful and very willing and supple in everything I asked him to do. I challenged him more by taking each exercise to the next level, and I was met with more willingness and suppleness. So I figured, hey lets set up another gymnastic and raise the bar (pun intended).
I started off with a basic gymnastic: 3 trot poles 9' to cross-rail 18' to a vertical. Simple, easy. Raised the cross-rail to a vertical, and the last vertical to an oxer. Wonderful! I have only schooled him over an oxer in one other gymnastic session, so I made sure to take small steps in upping the challenge. We went over it a few times in the fashion, then I changed it up a bit to about 26' in between jumps and asked for a tiny little two stride. I feel this was really beneficial for him in rocking back onto his haunches before the jump to balance and pick up the correct lead for the direction I asked after the jump. I then put it back to the trot poles 9' out to a 2' vertical, 18' to a 2'6" oxer with maybe 20" spread. Beautiful!
Luciano was very proud of his hard work, and felt like he was walking on clouds! I thanked him for a wonderful ride, and removed the saddle and cooled him out bareback. A wonderful end to a wonderful session. :)