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On to the real story:
Felix has had a great week. I am still paying Devan for pro training because I'm too fat and out of shape to ride for more then 15 or 20 minutes at a time at trot - and maybe half an arena lap at the canter. Also, my position is an absolute DISASTER. I will be posting some pics and vids so you can see how he is going, and I'll keep my fingers crossed they don't land on the Bad Riding blog. I am accepting suggestions for any excersize program that needs no equipment, can be done easily while traveling and takes less then 30 min a day.
I rode 3 days last week, and Shauna had her first ride. He's doing very very well, and now that he steers more or less properly I am trying to start him on some basic dressage patterns and w/t transition acuracy - which is going quite nicely. I'm also working a little on his free walk, which is pretty horrid but we will get there. He just does not know to stretch down when I drop the reins yet, but it'll come in time.
Here is a couple of short videos showing a trot down the center line then a halt as is often found in entry level eventing dressage tests:
He seems to get a bit bored with extended walking, and is a bit fidgety with the head, as seen in this video. I remember going through this with Dottie to a small degree, so I hope with time it'll go away. It may also be his way of offering up a bit of a frame in the walk, as I believe Devan has been working on this with him:
Shauna did well in the trot too - she's a little floppy but that's only becuase this is her first ride in nearly 2 years, and really 3 since she's ridden consistently. As you can probably tell - Felix is definitely the type that you need to tell to go forward, which suits me just fine - though he's WAY more quick off the leg now then he was a month ago:
And here is some various riding and pose with the pony pics. I'm thrilled that Shauna loves him, seeing as I'd like her to keep paying half the board!!