Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Saturday, April 26
Okay, my 2 a day practices have not worked out so well, as we have had the most horrible spring! It is so discouraging. It is 20 degrees right now and snowing! My ground is bad for riding! :(
I have been doing my evening rides still.
I have gone up to the neighboring indoor arena the last few days, and will continue to do so several days over the next two weeks before the stallion parade. It is only about a 20 minute ride away...good warm up and cool down. :) It is also only $5 to ride over there....well worth it in my opinion.
Anyhoo....Dez gets his sliders put on next saturday...hopefully the weather will be better!
I have been working on his sliding stops and spins. His stops are making some improvement, although he still chunks the front pretty badly. I have been working on backing him immediately after stopping for the last couple of days, and it has improved things dramatically.
His spins are still pretty weak...If I do them slowly he does them nicely and clean...if I add any speed, he falls apart! I will probably just have to do them slower at the stallion parade...he is just not there quite yet :( Oh well...
He is doing awesome with his leads, lead changes, and overall collection. When working in the arena, he has gotten very soft in the bridle, drops his head with a little drive, and is just looking much prettier than last year... that is encouraging :) I cantered up the 90' straight away in the indoor and switched two or three times left lead, right lead, left lead... he did great! He had just one or two trot steps to change leads... almost flying changes, just not quite there yet. On Wednesday night, he did do a flying change when I was doing figure eights, but I think it will be just a bit more practice before he has it consistent.
I have been finishing my rides by taking my reins off and riding with them as a neck strap. He is at the point where he will canter circles, figures eights, whatever for me, do sliding stops, and spin with just the neck strap. He still does well with lead changes on that too. I did it with three other horses in the arena the other night...I am definitely planning on doing that bareback as part of my stallion parade routine.
Dez has made huge improvements since last year! I guess he is just maturing, and he has one more year of training. His energy level and effort is also much better this year. I am really proud of him :) :) I just hope that he and I can hold it together for the stallion parade, and put on a nice performance... fingers crossed... two weeks away!!
Also...dreamer was due to foal last weekend, and is really not showing much sign of foaling yet...I hope she foals before I go 300 miles away for the stallion parade for a weekend! (she will be looked after either way, but I really don't want to miss it) :)