Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
My new coach is having me work on not having a strangle hold on my mare, especially in canter. It is a bit of a learning curve, but even though we are having a few teething problems I am really starting to feel the difference in her canter work. Basically it's all about getting her to maintain a nice working canter without me holding onto her all the time, but because I've been holding on to her for so long I soften and she assumes that it's the cue to roar off! I just have to stay consistent and we will get there. Already she's working in self carriage much better and I mostly only have to ask, rather than ask then tell now. It will take time but it will be so much better for both of us in the long run.
I've also been following the conditioning program that the equine sports therapist designed for us and there is obvious changes in Key both physically and mentally. She's certainly much stronger through her back and hind quarters and she's much calmer when we ride out. I am looking forwards to seeing the differences in our scores when we go out and compete again.
Oh, we have also discovered that guinea fowl are terrifying grey horse eating monsters. They look funny, sound like someone is being strangled and appear out of nowhere. Require much hiding behind the shed and snorting at them.