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.