Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
It was happy tears Val ;) He is a 3yo horse, and being cooped up in his stable apart from when I was down there.. NOT fair!!
Well the ride was brilliant. Lunged him first as always, and we have had some pretty heavy storms hit here today, wind was howling but he didn't pay any attention.
Annette watched me, and then said 'He comes in to a lovely outline.. but he shouldn't be'
I discussed what the previous trainer had been asking us to do in our lessons, and she said too much too soon. He doesn't have the muscle or the correct use of his hind legs as of yet to have him in such a position, he needs a lot more long and low and to walk more forwards and free in a walk to open his back, and keeping him forward in a trot is fine, but not to let him run with me.
Also, my upper body position is preeeeetttyyy shabby, so we worked on that too.
They say the proof is in the pudding and I could feel a more relaxed horse under me at the end, the walk was forward and had more swing without being confined and boxy.
Also, sugar cubes have become our best friend. Well.. actually she tried to feed him one and he spat it back out, so I had to feed it to him, but he got the idea to start chewing and salivating.
I like how she explains why I am doing something, rather than just telling me.
She told me as a younger rider she worked with 3yo stallions, breaking in and training for sale and riding the YH competitions. She knows her stuff, and is very fair on the horses.
I can honestly say diddling is not allowed.. she wants me to be more active with my legs on him and ride him, not act as more of a passenger.
It will come with time.. he's been mine for 2 1/2 months now, plus time after his op and not riding every day of the week means we haven't done a huge amount.
She is getting on him next Monday in our lesson.
Says he has a superb mind, loves taking him out to the field in the morning- he just mooches along, calm as you like and settles down after a quick hooly. I swear that horse wraps everyone around his hoof ahaha!!
Onwards and upwards from here!