Today (by the time this gets posted), Penn and I will be on our way to an adventure! I'm not naming any names, just in case we don't click, but Penn and I are heading off to have 3 lessons with a successful GP rider that is several hours away. As I've said previously, I've been looking for a trainer that has GP experience and has brought more than one student up to the FEI levels. I was able to arrange lessons for this week, so we're off to learn! I'm really hoping we click- I'd have a GP rider to visit and learn from, and my own trainer at home who has an excellent eye for making sure things are being practiced properly.
Penn is feeling a lot better, by the way. His movement has drastically improved- much more bounce in his back at walk and trot, and much bolder in his canter. I'm having trouble figuring out what is him not feeling right, what is his own weakness (the right hind was weak anyway), and what is me not riding him properly for fear of hurting him. I've lunged him a bunch of times, had several people watch him go, and everyone is basically telling me I'm crazy and he looks great, so I decided to keep our Very Big Event plans.
I did have to remove our next horse show from our plans... mostly because 2.5 weeks out, this schooling show is full (approx 90 rides), has a significant wait list, and I didn't get my entry in on time. Second level debut will be another time!
Hopefully I have excellent things to report back! See you in a few days!