First I want to give my husband HUGE kudos for taking time to learn ground work with Rosie. He is now able back her on queue, walk/halt, hind quarter yield both directions, as well as lunge. Not bad for a City Boy!
Now on to my big adventure... Goal was to ask for one Canter transition both directions. I rarely, if ever ask her to canter as we are still working on controlling that trot but with a personal goal to do the English Pleasure class I have to get a somewhat consistent canter out of her so...
Walking into light pressure, then doing halt transitions. She's very good about "whoa" that is NOT an issue for this big girl. I believe "whoa" saved me from serious injury today...
I made a course with ground poles down the rail on long side, pole bending poles down the middle, and figure eight at the far end.
Working trot, rising. She was really good about coming into contact, holding herself in carriage (I did not have a tight rein at all), her back was up, and really reaching under with her hind end. I was giggling because she is such a trip to ride. As she was getting tired she was getting into rushing but coming back to me pretty easily.
So the last trip weaving down the poles she got rushy at the end, tripped hard, I came forward over her shoulder, unseated as she went DOWN! Down on her front knees and hind end came down too, then UP we went mere seconds. Jim said she was completely down, before she stood back up.
I did not come off.. I don't really know how I stayed up... I should have been down under those huge hoofs. All I know is I had two fists full of mane, and as she was coming up I hollered "WHOA!!".
In hindsight I did not give her head quick enough when she tripped so she could not recover.
She is not injured in anyway, no cuts or abrasions and she easily walked on and went readily back into a trot when I asked. I simply made her walk the course again though, including over the same area she tripped. Dismounted, unsaddled and then Jim hosed her off.
I turned her and Bonnie out for the day in the big pasture, even though they had been out all night. I figured movement after going down that hard would be better for her then standing in her stall.
When I let Bonnie loose she turned flung her rear heels to the sky and galloped off. She's obviously not so ouchie today.