So, I decided I need to do something today too. Was not sure if we are going to trails today, so did not touch Teddy (but he exercised himself) so I took Grand.
Grand's first lesson: "oi, why do you dare walk away from me for the first time when I am calling you?" He was walking to the other side of the pasture because, my guess, Teddy was there.. But he stopped, waited for me, and then came to me to put the halter on.
Second lesson, remember backing up together with me, and turning better, so his head stays out of my space.
Third lesson, we have to be able to bridle. For some reason he really dislikes it. He did open his mouth himself in the end to pick up the bit, but mostly he tries to raise his head to the clouds when I try to put the bridle on. I did "desentise" him to it - put it all around his head, soothing him with my voice and pets. Afterwards it was much easier. Then gave him a treat with the bridle on. He was eating it forever. He was also playing with the bit. Managed to set it lower down without him getting stuck with his tongue over. Sorted it out a little, didn't fit it perfectly yet, he is not standing well for it. We most likely will have to use the flash noseband because he does throw his tongue over too much. The bit length according to my trainer is ok, but I still want to try a size bigger one. At this level it hangs in his mouth and he kinda has to pick it up, but at least he is not "smiling" too much.. DSC_0741 (360x640).jpg
Walked around with the bridle on for a while, he calmed with the playing, asked him to turn his head with bit pressure.. need to work a lot with the bit before I climb on him with the bridle on.. but we still need a lot of muscles before I mount anyway
So, then I decided he needs to start training for trails
Took him outside, walked a bit away from the road, grazed, watched Teddy go nuts, he was jumping, spinning, bolting, rearing, bucking, trotting, cantering, galoping and all other things he could think of
I guess they both have some kind of separation anxiety.. Grand runs like mad in the pasture when Teddy leaves too.
Grand did not bat an eye to the cars, but tbh, he was only maybe 15 ft closer to them than their pasture reaches. Then a few cars passed us when we were on the side of the road to get to the forest path (mostly drivers here drive with 100-120 km/h) One went past us facing us pretty fast, and Grand could not care.
Checking where his lil bro stayed. DSC_0743 (360x640).jpg
He was very with me in the walk, we weren't there for too long, but it is a start, need to find some time when I can spend at least an hour walking around, grazing, exploring etc. Best is with company ofc..
He would not even graze at some point, he did not look stressed, but he was checking back where Teddy stayed, he did poop a bit more and it was getting wetter, but he stayed with me, listening, under my control and nice. DSC_0752 (360x640).jpg
We got to this one crossing, and also heard some woodcutters in the distance and Grand got slightly anxious, so I decided to let him a bit off me, ask him to walk around, explore on the length of the 10ft rope.. He did try to trot, and jump a little, shook his head and neck once, but I told him off about that.. He snorted once through the whole walk.. Just stared at things DSC_0755 (360x640).jpg DSC_0767 (640x360).jpg DSC_0758 (640x360).jpg
He did try to rush home, but I frequently asked him to stop, well actually I just stopped and if he didn't, i corrected him by backing him up. He hates backing
He makes his huge face about it, and shakes his neck and flicks his tail, but nothing to do, he has to back up. So he does. When he is unsure of the place he turns his hind more left and then backs up, as he has seen what is there.. DSC_0761 (360x640).jpg
I am actually still very proud with him... just a bit annoyed that he is not an easy keeper. Well, sometimes Teddy does not let him eat hay, but when Teddy is not there he won't eat either, he stands around quite often.. he does only get up to 3lbs of "grain" feed, and about 50 ml of oil, but I do not want to put too much in him, as he does have energy, and I cannot get alfalfa hay, I cannot get beat pulp and all the other good stuff.. Also, the vet thinks he is like that because his muscles are not catching up with his growth..
I want to see what changes when I lunge a bit more often and with sidereigns to encourage muscle growth.. at the moment he looks fatter one day, thinner the other..