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        08-06-2009, 09:15 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Very Pleased!

    I just have to take a second to share a wonderful experience I had today with my boy with other people who are horse enthusiasts as well. (I can tell the Hubs, but I know its not his cup of tea.)

    So I took my guy out today, and decided to have a 45 minute Walk session. Only just simple walking. But the whole 45 minutes was going to be focused on getting him to relax and stretch through his back. I wanted his whole body to be elastic at the end of the ride, and his hind stepping underneath himself.
    He is young, so that is why I'm taking baby steps.

    He was fantastic. I started simple, then as he started to stretch down I started to incorporate serpentines, circles, and small figure eights. Pretty much anything I could do to hold his attention while getting him to focus on bending around the inside leg and stretching through his back.

    By the end he was so loose in his body it was great. I could have gathered him up and got him really underneath himself, but right now I'm just focusing on getting him to loosen up and stretch. Once he gets accustomed to that, I will start bringing him back up and on his hind.

    So then I decided to work on the halt. His favorite thing to do has been to resist me through the halt. So since I got him loosened up and stretching, I asked for it. He did the usual, bracing and head in the sky. So I gently asked him to lower his head before walking on (Took a few tries, but he got it and I probably sounded like a fool the way I was praising him, haha) and then within two more attempts, finally he stepped underneath himself at the halt and stepped into the contact. I could feel him come right to me, and come right underneath me.

    I was so proud of him that I then got off, to end on a good note.
    It just felt like a very good step in the right direction today. Some days its the simplest things, but they make such a huge difference.

    I am very proud of him. He is so responsive and really seems to try his hardest for me. He's going to be such a great horse, I can't wait to see what we're doing in a year.

    K I'm done now. :) Thanks for reading!
         
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        08-06-2009, 09:36 PM
      #2
    Trained
    Sounds like you made some great progress. Getting any horse to relax is a big deal, let alone a youngster. Whenever I've had a bad ride or my horse is hot, the next day we always just walk and reestablish the most basic thing, relaxation. Without it you really can't do much.
         
        08-07-2009, 02:39 AM
      #3
    Trained
    Yay! I recently had a very proud moment with my mare too. I'm glad other people are getting that feeling with their "kids" too. Yay!
         
        08-07-2009, 08:59 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    That is fantastic. Can't wait for my boys heel to get better and then I can start working and training him.
    Hope I have a good start like you
         

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