|Photo by Katherine Payne Photography|
My ride was very short as I could tell Marley was still tired. He didn't have the same spring in his step, and it was difficult for him to hold a steady frame on a light contact, which normally he does very easily. Once I had Marley consistently and quietly moving and bending on a serpentine, I stopped and decided to keep it at that. Animals, like people, learn best when they aren't tired, and while he could use some fitness, I would rather make better training progress than work on his conditioning. Usually, the two go hand in hand, but for right now Marley's mental progress is more important than his physical progress (in my opinion).