Well, that certainly doesn't sound nice. :( Fingers crossed that Teddy manages to accept everything well.
He does have a healthy mind and loves attention. I think more problems could be this first week with stalling him. Apparently he reared in attempt to kick with his front legs at his neighbour... but noone even told me if he was more energetic the next day after the night in the box or no.
Tbh, I doubt I will hear much...
Just remember the owner still begging me to visit, that I can train and compete with him, just so I visit, and that they want to come and help me out with my property when needed... pfft...
And ofc he wants to see me ride Grand...
Me and Grand selfies His head is too big to fit in the pic with my hand outstretched. We need a phone holder on a stick so I can take our selfies
Me and the dog, creepy photo. She kinda gave me a kiss at that moment, but she is impossible to take pics with.. tbh, the other dog is worse, I could not even get a selfie with him, he pawed at my phone and I decided I do not want to be covered in mud
Some fun moss grows on top of the dogs house..
Me with MsMoney... Frodo did not want a selfie that day.
He was actually very responsive and alert, however when trying to ask for sidepass, he kinda reared a little. We are both learning to work it out, and I guess he got confused. I just made him move out, back to the position I need to be in, and we got a few steps done.
Rode this cutie again. She is a lovely mare. She needs some work, as it seems she has not been ridden too much, she is so overweight that with only about 5 minutes of trot, she pants a lot. Also, she seems to have been in hobbles for a long time, as her walk and trot is like a bit constrained. So the idea is to work her forwards as much as possible, long straight lines in the fields, just to get her to stretch out. Later we will start more circles and things.
Also the long lines will get her endurance up a little faster. IMG_0388 (640x478).jpg
I also fell from her. We were trotting back towards the paddock, against the wind, and she seemed to start canter, but apparently did about 4 bucks (all 4 legs flying off the ground) and got rid of me, as I was totally not expecting that to happen - she started bucking on the raised phase of trot, threw me out of the saddle, my head bounced off her neck and I kinda pushed myself to the ground. It was a soft, slow fall, shook it off, got back on, provoked canter from her, held on, we worked a few steps and went for a long walk to cool off, as she was soaked.
I theorised in my head that maybe it was too hard for her, maybe it was something else. The saddle looks like a good fit, we tried mine on her and it was good, but they are also looking for a saddle for her, I am going to help try one on in the next 2 days.
I also think it could be that as she is a driving horse, she might never have been ridden at canter, just walk and trot, and the sudden pressure on her back in canter with me, wind, saddle, etc, kicked her off and she tried to get rid of the pressure.
In any case, her owner and the kids are not going to ride her in canter, just w/t. And try to build stamina for her. Luckily they live 24/7 outside and can move and get chased a little every day.
Anyways, Grand gets 2 haynets a day as a norm, a little bucket feed, but not too high on energy and calories anymore..
Haven;t had time to work with him the past 2 days, but he was a gentleman today when we were creating mulch nearby, he never came to bother us, only later came closer to watch better.
Need to go and fill his haynets soon again, as it will be dinnertime and need to prepare for the next days.
Through this week we have been making mulch out of all the old branches, to strengthen the ground in front of his shelters. It has worked. Plus it is finally drying up everywhere.
Also, yesterday his shelter got cleaned out completely. We found all kinds of pieces of wood and 2 massive metal panel doors underneath everything (when the horses got access to the shelter it was with a deep layer of old hay for bedding)
So now he has a fresh bunch of old hay to rest in if he chooses to.
He is nice and shiny, respects people when they work - doesn't even come to bother use, spent most time eating his extra hay net anyway
Today I took him for a short lunge. Videos are uploading. He was a very nice responsive guy, apart from a few times when he did not want to turn his blind eye towards me. We even managed to trot a circle with me just 2 m from him.
I was proud to see him canter correctly on both hands, trotting nicely, checking me most of the time, he never really shut off. Also it was too warm for him, trotting, cantering on soggy ground, winter coat, sun shining.. he sweated just a little bit on his chest, but he still gets a little stressed with work, he wants to work, but stresses a little.
Then we walked off a little to stop the panting, walked him to the tie up place, tied him up and sat down for a while. Also walked off to pick up the basket with brushes, that I had elsewhere, and he did great, just standing there. Cleaned all 4 feet with no problems, no damage from the mud, he has just cracked one front hoof at some point, but nothing serious. Soon we get the farrier to come and it will be fixed.
Also tried on leg-guards, this time he was very accepting towards them, but I could barely close them. They are FULL sized ones... whoopsie. IMG_0443 (478x640).jpg
Brushed him off, he lets me brush his tail too, no problems.
Then I saddled him, to check for the saddle fit, to remind him of the saddle, found out that we can use Teddy's 125 cm belt, without problems atm. When tightened it closes to 3rd holes on both sides.. its a leather belt with extending ends.
He really did not care much of the saddle, when I let him sniff it he started licking it.
Moved the stirrups, he did not blink even. Jumped next to him, no reaction.
Put my fut in the stirrup, put some weight in it, he turned to lick my leg
What a funny horse. Stepped more on the stirrup and pulled myself on the saddle, stayed laying down on it, holding the lead rope with one hand, and patting him all over with the other.. he really did not care.
I was very tempted to raise my other leg over the saddle, but as we were alone and outside of the pasture even, I decided better not.
But he does not seem to pose problems for starting him to be ridden. IMG_0462 (640x478).jpg
After unsaddling I took him out of the property, near the road. Wanted to walk and graze near the road so he gets more used to being there, but the bin collector truck came and I took him back inside quickly, so we have more distance. He did not care.
Walked outside, grazed some, hanged out, he did not care.
Took the bin, he spooked a little. Showed some fantastic side stepping.
Oh ye, through the lunging we were trying leg yielding from the ground again, and it worked a lot better from both sides. Seems like he has understood.
He is a real sweety, and at some points it looked like he would rather spend time with me than graze :)
Afterwards I took him back to the field, went and filled his water, gave him more hay to nibble on, and that's it for now..
I really love him..
Oh, and we got linseed "meal", as in the remains from making oil.
Only watching the video when uploaded I noticed, that he had crossed the canter for a while, but crossed back, which is good to know, that he crosses back, and I managed to stop the canter when it was correct...
Kinda cannot wait to sit that canter, but that will be 6 months at least
I am no specialist at guessing at how comfortable horses will be when ridden, but somehow watching Grand he actually looks like he is going to be one comfy ride.. And I am very tempted to start riding.
During the weekend I had no time, because of uni, dentist, snow, manicure, bday parties etc.
I had a few extra minutes to give him a rub and have a short conversation, so he doesn't feel too abandoned, but no time to work.
Yesterday I felt it was a bit too hard on the ground, even with the snow on top, but today it was melting, but the mud seemed to be quite firm, so we went and tried to work a little in the melting snow. Nothing much, just a short lunge, but he actually worked up a sweat.
First of all, he had come to me a little wet - but at the point I just thought he had rolled, which it clearly looked like, having all the yuk on his sides.
Then he got a little stressed about me asking a few things from him... I guess I need to back off again, ask slower and wait longer.
I really want a round pen, even more than having a riding arena, but no idea if I can find a way to build it.
He was quite responsive, no real issues, just tried to ignore my cue for trot a few times today... another reason why I want a round pen xD
But ye, he trotted nice, cantered well on both leads, responded nice, walked a few circles in both directions afterwards with no problems, followed me after work, and was a fun boy overall.
In the evening after giving him his hay net I rubbed him down with a curry comb, he seemed to enjoy it a little - cleared up the hairs that stuck together from sweat and rolling in wet snow. And got rid of some of the winter coat.
That must be making him too hot as well.
Well by the looks of it, Grand will have a few more free days now.. he can train his leg muscles walking through mud.
His box is dry and nice, we managed to drain water from some of the biggest puddles...
Yesterday I tried to rush to my train home, tripped on the buttom last step of the stairs, fell, sprained my ankle - well haven't been to a doctor just yet - hurts like hell but sometimes I can stand on it. Going to be fun to go and feed Grand and the dogs just now.
Hip hop hoppity hop..
All my leg muscles hurt. I would love to have some crutches.. maybe it is worth to visit the doctor today
I found a rope halter with reins online.. not too dear, might try to order it.. maybe one day I ride him in a rope halter too :P It is overall the one thing on his head he is most used to...
Haven't tried to bridle him for a while now..
Tbh, actually the update is on my thoughts and leg. My leg is a lot better, I can walk, with just a slight limp. It is still sore, but but as bad. I am trying to rest it, and Grand's liniment helps a lot, but I am not one of those who will sit inside a lot :P kinda hate it, but then again, might get my essay for next weekend done today :)
Also, kinda found a bridle I want, but cannot buy it just yet. At the moment looks like I am keeping the one we have been using, just need a new browband and an extra piece for the noseband, that goes under the jaw.
Also due to my ankle I guess working under saddle with him will be cancelled for this week at least, but hopefully I can lunge him soon enough.
And get someone to come and visit me and my great buddy to check on us.. and our misbehaviours.
Oh, I was walking through the pasture today, to go pick up birch juice (yes, we nutters drill a hole in a tree and then drink that water that flows out of it, healthy as crazy ), I also had a few pieces of bread for Grand, just because I felt like it..
He got his first piece, and I just kept walking. He was walking close behind me trying to get another one... I told him off, no grumpy faces, no coming in my space, not allowed. That doesn't deserve bread.
He backed off a little, but continued. Then I used my 5 l plastic bottle to shake him off, he cantered off, came right back, sent him off again, told him to stay back, he had cantered with a little buck in my direction.. Told him he is not allowed to come near if he behaves like this, he licked his lips a lot, lowered his head and started following me with 2-3 m distance.
What a smart boy :)