Tired but happy pony
I'm extremely thankful that Koda is such an expressive horse in this instance because it really hammered home what I needed to be doing to ride him correctly and have him going in any type of balance. I see a lot of no stirrup work and going from posting to sitting to posting in my future. It didn't hurt that I made a custom riser pad for my saddle as well :)
Recycling the foam from an old life jacket
When I'm in the saddle it settles quite nicely
After that first revelation, I played around with it going both left and right. He's MUCH more willing to push up under himself to the right but not so much on the right which tells me that right hind is still recovering from its bout of thrush in September. He's not lame but is just not willing to push off that hoof as much as the other, or perhaps he's just not as developed going to the left than the right. I know I'm a stronger rider to the right than left so that could easily be it as well, let alone his preference for the right over the left.
Love this horse
I know plenty of you are doing a two-point challenge right now, but I'm going to put myself into a different challenge. During this off season, I will end every single one of my rides with no stirrup work of at least 10 minutes walk/trot. I know I won't be riding that often once the snow gets here so while the weather is good, we'll keep going!