All The Difference A Break Can Make! A "Happy Rant"

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All The Difference A Break Can Make! A "Happy Rant"

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        08-23-2009, 02:38 PM
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    My poor pony ended up taking about a 2 week break recently. Between 4-H fair week (He stayed home, I went to help out...) and the uber hot and muggy weather, I didn't have the heart to make either of us work any more than neccessary.

    This morning I saddled up, basically expecting to spend the entire ride calming him down and relaxing him. We had been having issues rushing down one of the long sides of the arena into the front corner at the trot, so I expected that I would be really having to hold and circle him a lot to get sanity from him.

    Scout was an absolute gem! I lunged him for about 5 minutes first since he'd had such a break, to make sure he was focusing on me before I stepped on. He cantered nicely on both leads, gave me polite, even-strided trots, pleasant, forward walks, pretty circles, even a somewhat willing back-up! And when we came to the "rushy" spot in the ring, he pleasantly responded to my request to stay even at the trot, no leaning, no tension, no short, choppy stride! Yay!

    So proud of my boy!
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        08-23-2009, 02:55 PM
    That's awesome!
        08-25-2009, 05:16 PM
    That is a happy rant.....LOL. Sometimes a break is a good thing.
        08-25-2009, 07:33 PM
    Change routine around

    Glad to hear you guys had such a good time. The way I see it, is how would you feel if someone came along and asked you to repeat the exact same thing every day?

    You know when I work with my babies(and mature horses), I always made sure to do something different at least every other ride or training session. Take your horse out on a trail, go in a round pen, go out in the grass ring, jump, do flat work, go work in the sand ring, have a simple grooming session.

    Try to vary your time with him as much as possible. How refreshed is he going to feel when you come out. His attitude and mood might change a little as well if he knows he's going to have a good time or if he knows not to expect the same thing every time.


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