After many days away from the forum, I m back with my training news... I was thinking a lot about how to proceed with Nero. Maybe the dressage test I put him in was a too much for him, since we are working together since August and before that, he couldn't even walk.
He is making progress, yes. But why should I push him?
Being honest with myself, I realised that yes, I want to do some work with him, I want him to be a happy horse, in training and in competing, I want to see some reward one day of this effort (any place would do) but still, it can't be all of my life.
So, those are my limitations. I don't own him. I don't have lot of money, I m working in office, so I don't have lot of time, I have a cat and a boyfriend also to share my free time, I have a family, work to do at home, I want to race with my motorbike and the arena of the yard whenever rains, is getting full of mud.
And I thought... well, forget about big dreams, focus on smaller ones. No Childrens FEI test practise. Let's focus to the even more basics. I v found a test that hopefully will be easier for Nero to perform correctly (http://www.hef.gr/lists/arxarion.pdf)
and I m planning to exercise two days the test and two days with poles or cavalletis.
Everyday practise is not so easy now, so I ll have to schedule my rides, and I m thinking something like 3 days a week. I need to have time to ride my bike if I want to race safely and I know my mum counts on my for lot of cooking.
The first time after the Dressage competition that I tried to trot and canter over poles, Nero went wild. And I just talk about poor, innocent, friendly poles on the ground!
So, last time, I put a set of troting poles, a set of canter poles and a set of 3 poles close to each other, and focused on going over them. He used to be a good jumper, so it's pitty to take jumping and poles out of his life.
Trotting over poles was ok. I decided to lead him into big strides and he seemed to prefer that instead of shorter distances. But cantering over poles wasn't that nice.
First, I lead him to the 3poles together, since no counting of strides would be necessary, just getting over them.Once he got in idea of where we were heading,he put his head up and started speeding, so I had to turn him into big calm canter circles before getting over the poles every time, again and again and again.
Right and left. Lot of circles... but finally, he calmed and was approaching them in a relaxed temp.
*during all this time, I was trying not to hold short reins, so when he relaxed and let his head down, I wasn't pulling or pushing, so he kept by himself this nice temp of cantering.
Next thing to do, was to include the canter-stride poles, after the 3poles, as a part of a big circle exercise. With his head, back and even ears relaxed, he was going steady and nice. It was so nice actually, that I didn't want to stop
I made a funny picture of our exercise in Paint... But what about next time? I don't know what poles exercise should I do, so that he won't get bored. Any suggestions?
I don't want to start jumping yet, I want to be sure that he will be 100% relaxed when he ll approach again a fence.
*sorry for my English, my composing of phrases is little bit chaotic, but I m tired...