Along with the lose of Koda's lovely canter, I've lost my ability to sit his canter! With the new (correct) way my saddle is sitting, I need to re-learn how to sit Koda's canter. This is where the fun part begins. When I'm not sitting right, Koda will suck up behind my leg and either slow to a stop. When I put my leg on to push him into the bridle, we get some attitude pony but he will go and a shadow of his previous canter is there. What I also need to watch is to make sure I don't sit too heavy since that will also cause the hiding behing my leg.
We have a LOT of work to do on balance and correct transitions with straightness, no more side-winding! Of course, as the weather gets colder, the sun is setting sooner so I'll really only be able to ride on the weekends or trailer out to the indoor at night. I'm not a big fan of trailering at night because of some issues I had with Celtic a couple years ago since, typically when I haul at night I'm going alone. Now I know Koda isn't like Celtic at all but we'll play it safe rather than sorry for now :)
And the token Koda photo