Well everyone, Ricohs been messing around in the field a lot recently and when I had my farrier out she noticed he was stiff in his hips and he's very resistant on one rein on the lunge so back man is coming out tomorrow to hopefully work some magic and give my boy an MOT before I start riding him
Also, finally got the money together, so am going to get my new barefoot treeless saddle tomorrow so once his back is sorted, ridden work can commence :)
His lunging is almost perfect now. His stop is much better and he listens to my voice now, no pulling on lunge and hardly have to use whip so im really excited about transfering over to riding. Unfortunately weather is awful atm so I hope it clears up
Well I have carried on walking him out in traffic and in narrow lanes he's fine with cars behind/infront of him and on the big wide road he's fine with it but there are few cars. Came across a motorbike yesterday and the man riding it was soo nice he was going to switch it off and walk behind us until we turned off but I told him that Ricoh had to get used to it so he got back on and passed wide and slow Ricoh was such a good boy. All he did was shift his bum around a bit and keep an eye on it.
Im following same route atm and pushing him a bit farther each day so eventually I can go down lanes, down big wide(but empty road) and finish up on busier narrow road back to my yard. This is all inhand with me leading and a friend walking too although last walk my friend was behind him and I was walking back by his girth so he wasnt using me for security so much!
Anyways, just trying to get some more ideas that I can do with him to help bombproof him that are easily available or I can make such as bridges or any more groundwork.
Would like to teach him to sidepass on ground? He sorta goes sideways. He knows how to move forehand and quarters so when I push gently with one hand on shoulder, one near bum he does walk sideways so I was just going to continue with this, but gradually reducing pressure. That ok or is there a better way to teach it?
Anyway, he has seen an umbrella today(trotted in a semicircle then came right up to it and sniffed it), seen cars,mopeds, had a tractor in field next door/his field, had my boyfriends car revved next to him and behind him(loud exhaust and music), walked over tarpualin, had plastic bags on him.
Im thinking a makeshift bridge next?
Anything else people can think of and any more groundwork I can do?
Also, been looking at loads of liberty videos and would love to give it a go Is it sorta teach all the moves online/long lining then progress to liberty or start liberty and get him following at walk/trot/canter and build up to moves?
PS. Sorry for the essay