What a day! Sean Davies, another EMM trainer (except one who has a lot of experience!) came down to Denver to meet Marley and I! He literally spent hours working with the both of us, refining some things and giving us lots of tips and exercises to work on. Marley was such a good boy and it was awesome to watch him think through everything and improve. I also improved, and have my work cut out for me to strengthen my legs up a bit more because I rely too much on my stirrups. I already knew they were kind of too short, but Sean had me drop them about four holes, and needless to say I definitely struggled. It made such a huge difference though and I'm going to stick with it.
After working with Marley for over 3 hours (including ground work) you would think he'd be pooped and not wanting to even move, but he wasn't. Marley was so soft and responsive through his transitions and turns, and his balance improved tremendously. It was really cool. I'm so excited to build on this now, and Sean definitely gave us A LOT to think about. We'll take it one step at a time and hopefully make some good progress as we are coming down to the wire here and still have a lot of ground to make up.