Show report delayed one day because I am so pleased with Rodney.
We walked bareback for a handful of minutes on Sunday. The walk lacked sufficient animation for dressage. The pace was even too slow for western. Exactly as requested. We lapped the pen a few times. He slowed from my seat on the small downslope. We ambled a small circle. We strolled along the jumping chute with the cavaletti and poles set at the lowest level. Through it all, he maintained a quiet, relaxed attitude.
I posed very simple problems to him. I could not be more happy with his reponses.
So, here’s the important question. You leap up gracefully from the mounting block to the back of your 17-hand horse. You do not have enough momentum. You fail to stick the landing. Your horse shifts his weight. You slide to the ground. Does this count as a fall?