Today was kind of upsetting. His attitude hasn't improved. He's been really tricky and it kinda makes me want to cry lol. I rode him in a lesson and we did some ground polls and cavaletti. The trainer agreed I wasn't doing anything wrong or disagreeable but we're trying to figure out what's going on with him. It's not like him to be so ornery or unreasonable. He's always been tricky but we could usually work through it. I think I'm going to have him see the chiropractor again lol I'm starting to feel broke. And that muscle in his right butt cheek is SUPER sore, like I touched it and he tried to kick me. He kicked me on Christmas (it was dirty like I was petting him and telling him Merry Christmas and he spun around and kicked me), so I'm being pretty cautious around him. I'm going to keep massaging him and give him a few days off. Maybe hand walk him for a few days for it to heal and hopefully that will do the trick.
I've had his teeth done, chiropractor followed by muscle injections. Massage every time after a ride which I am pretty good at. I've watched classes, worked with therapists to learn different techniques and been doing it awhile but I'm not certified. Debbie Witty fitted his saddle to him (we have a trilogy Debbie McDonald). Debbie is amazing and super nice/knowledgeable and professional. He isn't in a stressful work program, I don't stress him out and my trainers have done a lot of quirky youngsters. I'm pretty tactful. We don't pressure him too much, we push the envelope some but it's more like an invite. He is tricky to ride, he's always been temperamental but if I was tactful enough I could negotiate through it pretty well. Now it's like he doesn't want to do it anymore and I don't know what went wrong. I feel like I keep throwing money at it and it works for a little while but isn't holding. I've spent a good chunk of change. We're starting him on steroids at some point to help build up his stifles (vet's suggestion). Someone said to put him out to pasture but that's not the issue and isn't going to solve the problem. The trainer that replaced my trainer agreed with the vet about keeping him in work. Vet said he has to stay in work to fix the stifles. He needs to get stronger.
The trainer and I talked about options and we're just going to ride him to be happy. If we can get him happy and willing to work without the kicking out, etc I think it will pretty much be easy but it's getting him happy again. He's been this way since the Devon Kane (international GP rider) clinic and we had a good lesson but I don't know. I just don't get it :/ I'm trying but it's frustrating.
Also here are some videos since I hadn't posted any.
I also get REALLY irritated with people who don't know hardly anything about developing a horse or things trying to tell me what to do with him and I don't mind people having input or giving advice. Anyone can teach you something or give you a different perspective or have some really good insight but when they're rude and talk down to me like I don't know anything, I can get pretty abrasive. I HATE being patronized, I absolutely hate it. I think because of my Marine background, respect is really big to me. Like if you met me, I'm pretty pleasant to be around. I don't belittle anyone or talk down to anyone, I'm pretty encouraging towards others and I'm pretty easy going but it really rubs me the wrong way when I have a certain level experience as a handler, groom, rider, etc and get talked down to by someone who doesn't have half my experience or knowledge. Sorry for rant and don't meant to sound snobby.
I'm still weaning off the Marine kick. It's hard to detox from that kind of environment. I don't think I'll ever really detox. I'm also from a German family (all 4 grandparents), so I'm pretty head strong. I definitely listen and I'm receptive and willing to learn but I stand my ground when I know something or believe something. I don't sway in the wind. I used to be a door mat, was so respectful, polite, and obedient but as I've gotten older and had to be responsible for and in charge of others, I've become pretty belligerent when I need to be.
This was my 1st ride on him when I tried him last year 24th of December. He's gotten SO much better about contact and actually rides up to the contact like a normal horse now. Most of our rides or program we're in is about training the right reactions and putting in a good foundation or basics. His movement has improved a lot since then and still a LONG road ahead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibYEAVa0p2A
July 24th https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kiyJBLJQZY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST_U_T2j_TA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRWMG8f0Ju0
September https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WM0hV-f_Ym8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdujmwLTWic
November (we rode bareback for about 5-6wks) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fD8JbKqpUY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxwX7KjlHAE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7JMqGDlsDg
I thought his stretch was pretty cute and I finally got to try my new polka dot polo wraps
I love them. They're cute and playful without being too much.