Even though I had to fight with Grand to get him to take the bit, we managed, and I lunged him with just the bridle, with the lunge on the bridle - as in without the halter.
Used sidereins too - but they are completely loose just to show him that there will be something that will block his movement sometimes, and to get used to contact to the bit.
He was doing great, going forwards in trot, both correct canters, and I was just ecstatic!
Teddy got a short ride but got scared all the time, there was a car, a family cutting christmas trees, they also dropped a bigger dry tree which made Teddy **** his pants, then there was a tractor, our buddy horse was in his paddock and panicked a little when he saw us and we were leaving, but never got out, so that was good, and Teddy could do a nice gallop on one field..
Today it took a few minutes less to get Grand to take his bit. It is a struggle, and I am running out of options, even when the bit was covered with his yesterday's snacks and smelt and tasted good, he did not want it in his mouth.. but I got it in. I guess noone really messed with his mouth before..
Even though the first time I put a bit in it was a lot easier..
However, today I shortened the sidereins for a little bit more, they are still loose, but do control him a little more - he cannot stretch too far and feels them on the move, but is never behind the vertical. He accepts all that very well.
Today he was actually a bit more energetic, he was throwing his legs about when asked for direction change, bolting off a few times.. yesterday he did wrong canter only once, today he kept crossing and raising wrong lead when doing left hand canter all the time.. but we stopped when I got a good 2 circles out of him.. walked him off good after that too, as he was kinda soaked - his chest, neck were soaked, so was his face, and he had foam between his legs.. poor baby. But luckily it is warm, and after the walk I rubbed him off with hay, and let him have his freedom, also gave them carrots soon after..
He really amazes me sometimes..
When we do saddle training, I never make him run that much, last time he only did about 10-15 minutes in trot, he does not need to be tired for that... but when its lunge training, we work. Maybe I get to give him some condition in my holidays, and then it most likely will be once a week unless I can do it in the mornings before work.
Teddy is definitely leaving us as soon as a box opens in the stable they live at.
Some pics from before - his first time with sidereins, trying the bit etc.. Poor baby
He looks slightly doomed, but he actually feels ok with the bit in his mouth. As long as the noseband is nicely fitted and he cannot toss his tongue over.
It's just plain natural, rarely brushed "hair-do"! My secret recipe for a wild, but fantastic look :P
I am glad that his forelock is growing out nicely - it was horrible when I got him, as they had chopped it off, to show his star ... x_X
I hate when people do that, especially when the rest of the mane is so long.. However, I am glad they only cut the forelock off, not the whole mane, which was very tangled and took me good 30 minutes to untangle it at least a bit
But he has grown a lot of hair since he arrived here, so 6 months! :P ooops, I forgot to celebrate a few weeks ago
Woopsie, I have abandoned this place a bit. Well nothing exciting happened. As there is no snow, there is no photoshoot.. no point.
Last time I had ridden, was the 27th, the next day the owner's GF rode, the next day I had work, and the Sunday then, it rained. Monday too - so it was too wet to do anything... no lunges, no nothing. Apart from early Sunday morning a kid came to ride a little bit. She could not catch Teddy's trot for raising trot, however she was sitting very light and not cramping with her legs.. Also, she managed to raise canter with the first try.. so I am amazed with that kid..
Maybe she will become my student when Grand is rideable :P
Yesterday we went for a ride, in the frosty forests.. we actually went a bit different this time, as we wanted to trot, so we went on the same path twice. Our friend does not feel comfortable trotting her horse, who has some hoof issues and had a sprained leg not too long ago, on hard, frozen road (sand).
But we had our fun. Both horses were scared of frozen puddles at first, but then Teddy showed his buddy how to break the ice and have fun - he loves to drink at almost every puddle in the forest now, I do not know why - but if I see that one has chemical stuff from trucks etc in it, I make him move on, but if it seems clean, he is allowed to have his fun... they do get enough fresh water every day, and in frosty weather I add warm water so it does not freeze that fast.. So he is a bit weird.
Today I took Grand at first, because the ground had started to unfreeze and getting better for work - ofc, it was not really work for Grand. I first asked him to untangle himself from the lunge line, he did all that very well, poked my fingers in his mouth, asked him to sidestep a bit, but that is always a problem for me, so we will return to that who knows when. So we went to lunge, this time in a different spot as the usual spot was too hard and with holes and what not from last time lunging in the mud.
He was actually a lot like "Lets go gogogogogogogogo!" today, making very fast direction changes, doing bouncy trot, big canter steps and overall very responsive. And he seems to be a lot better with the whip, I rarely have to use it as he is very responsive to voice and body commands, but he does not care much when I have it with me anymore. He needs to be desensitized to it though, if I move it fast away from him he just wants to run... and that part comes hard with him, so I rather not bother him with the whip going crazy atm..
Tomorrow, looks like I am not working still, so I will lunge him again, maybe saddle/bridle combination, add sidereins and then work a little with bridle reins and try to step on the stirrup.
Teddy I rode today too, we went "explorer" mode - checking out further paths, other parts of the forest, going through bushes etc. I also got reminded, that he is very forward moving and energetic - he wanted to run like crazy, lost his breakes for a minute, jumped a puddle from canter, jumped a branch from trot, and was overall just really wanting to run for a bit.. so I made him run a bit more where I deemed it safe.. he felt good after that.
However, I need to take my universal saddle for such rides, as I did have slight problems balancing for those jumps, especially because he jumped more than he should have, and also I should practice low jumps with him, when the ground allows.
Took Grand just now, on a short lunge session - first we fought about the bit again, but then I cheated, I opened the right side of the bit from the bridle, poked my finger in his left side of the mouth, and the bit went right in without any fighting.
Bridled, lunging belt on, sidereins not connected at first. Warm up rounds at trot both directions to also remember pressure on the bit from the lunge (he pulls a lot more with his halter)
Lunged at first with long sidereins, then shortened them another 2 holes, then he did try to fight them at the bottom, trying to eat ground but I just sent him frowards again.
He was a bit energetic, but worked very nice.
Teddy - 10:30 training! I felt weird going out that early, but we got there all ready for a nice session - we even tried another color on us :P Aqua blue :P
At first his warm up trot was not much to see, but the trainer kept telling us when we are good, I keep it there, feel it, remember, praise the horse and we start all over.
Sitting trot is comfy, but I have to work on my legs a lot, they keep trying to run away or just not work as they should.. but I felt my abs
First canter was half seat, to just get him moving again, second canter I tried to sit down, but my hands were not cooperating.. poor little wobbly horse.. a few more sessions and we will be much better, as the trainer even praised us how fast he has moved forwards, seeking contact etc..
Trainer's son trotted after me, he has very soft hands and ofc Teddy was an angel, but kept doing smaller circles.. He was quite wet and even in the video you can see foam between his hindlegs
I was not far from the same state
I just realised something..
I have a dark bay/brown horse..
I have black, white, red, navy blue, aqua blue, orange etc tack,. He normally will go with black bridle, black saddle.. maybe brown tack if we jump...
Dressage will mean white saddle pads etc..
However, what colors look good on browns? Anyone can share their thoughts? I am not too keen on overly flashy look - it was a fun experiment with Teddy, and I do not want to disgrace my boy... but what the hell will I put on him? Brown halter looks good on him.. somehow I do not really like the look of a red saddle pad.. need to try navy.. black will look good, but that means I need to make more purchases.. you think we can pull off navy blue?
It is too wet to lunge, I am too broken to ride - my back hurts, so it's annoying to feed and water them even.. took a day off school to rest - I guess getting back to work and school after holidays broke me a little.
I rode Teddy with my universal saddle on wednesday I think, it was quite good and that saddle was still comfy.
Yesterday his owner finally rode him, we went to the forest so he can trot as well, he said he loves the saddle almost as much as my kieffer dressage saddle (the universal is stubben) and that Teddy goes just fantastic, so responsive, so comfy.. just needs a little tweaking and soon real work can start. Well that's what he thinks.. I know he needs a lot of work on turns, flexibility etc.. but I work with that on my own time when I want to..
All I heard yesterday was "thank you SO much, thanks, he is great, thank you for the amazing work blah blah blah"
It is so wet that I am disgusted - puddles everywhere, mud, slush and whatnot. And they are promising snow tonight/tomorrow for longer time now.. they say it will drop to -7 by tomorrow, and -15 next week.. I am scared to think how the mud will turn to ice.. luckily their hooves have much sole and are in good condition..
And we have plenty of hay.. and its not that hard to bring out 5 l bottles of hot water to pour into their water buckets..
And their feed buckets have been made warm for ages already, they like them.. keeps them warmer too :P
I decided to give them some entertainment today for feeding time - hung the haynet there, usually its in the closed shelter, but I should find an idea for a better rigging so that I can change the haynet easier..