SilentBravery, MIEventer, Nutty Saddler, blossom, Ahsisi, CJ82Sky, lovemyponies –
THANK YOU SO MUCH! my two trainers (both wonderful, don’t get me wrong) have been pushing and pushing my horse and i and i’ve adopted their logic as my own this whole time. i didn’t even think of going back to basics! i just kept a “gotta do more” mentality.
- yes, he does wear a standing martingale.
- no teeth, saddle, back, ect. issues, but like i said, sore in his stifle. and when i got him, his feet were terrible. his heels were and still are very low, but the corrective shoeing and trimming he’s getting should fix it completely in a couple more months.
- when i bought him, her was very underweight, and still needs a good 100 pounds. he doesn’t get sweet feed, just regular pellets and beet pulp, but a lot of it. 6 quarts in the morning and evening, along with a flake of coastal and a flake of alfalfa and night turnout. it’s a ton of food, which i know gives him a ton of energy, but he needs the weight.
- as for lunging, i always give him a chance to have a brain first. if it gets to the point where he’s not listening to me, i’ll dismount and lunge until he’s quiet. however, this guy could run for days and not tire out! at this previous show, my trainer had me lunge him four times, hack him for a 45 minutes, and only on his very last course did he decline in speed.
and speaking of showing, we were never going in for the ribbons, just experience and training. but i’ve taken you guy’s advice and am skipping the next two, but am going to the pretty much mandatory finals in november.
really though, thank you thank you thank you! i’ll start him in his new routine friday.
and another HUGE thanks to blossom and CJ82Sky for the detail!
Last edited by dakotaa; 06-03-2009 at 08:54 PM.