I know it's bad. But, to my defense.
He seems to be a little off his legs - I think it is his one hoof getting sensitive and the ground that we are working on now. That is why I don't make him do much, we just did a little trot.
Also, this is first time off lunge. 5th ride with the first time nobody was holding on to us. My friend called me a nutter. I wouldn't do it, if I felt that it is not safe enough.
I trot weird, because I am keeping my hand on my safety handle, just in case. At the moment just wanted him to understand that he can trot forwards.
This was the first time I got him to move off leg - I left my riding stick in the tack room thinking that eventually he has to respond to voice or body, but he didn't, so I picked up a branch He got it pretty fast - I wiggle the branch at his bum if he does not move forwards from my leg and clucking. So ye.. Smart pony
And I think I will trot weird on him until we have trotted a lot - because I am still getting used to his trot that is at the moment ever changing and so on.
Ye, I know I am crazy, but he is a good pony. And and and... when he is safe enough to go through forest we can go to train on a bigger, nicer field :P
3 year old, possibly pureblood arabian, about 14.3 hh. A bit chubby, has interesting character, from what I am told, but a cutie. Bay, a few white socks and a stripe. (adoptable for donations to shelter)
2 year old pureblood Trakehner, gorgeous chesnut with white socks and maybe more markings (never seen the pics yet). Close to 17 hh atm. Has injured his shoulder as a foal, at the moment as put to work on lunge goes a bit lame. No problems when free. Possibly in few more years the shoulder heals up read good and there would be no more problems (or can be solved by massages etc). But good companion pet, walk/trot for riding most likely. (quite cheap price on the market)
So ye, one costs a bit more than the other. One is sound, usable horse. Other is possibly unsound, big, but for some, a dream horse. One is small and nice to use for kids when he is trained, other is probably going to be bigger than Grand.. so that does not solve a kid issue.... What to dooo????
I have a soft spot for animals that barely nobody needs.. :(
I love him a little too much I think.
And he definitely needs a job. I need to make a strict plan and not find excuses why I cannot find 1 hour a day to work with him. He gets dumb when not working or rather too energetic and explory
He kinda half broke his shelter today, so need to check how to fix it up again.. I have no idea how even
And he looks like he is getting a little rounder So maybe need to increase his exercise again, which I will do if I stick to my plan.
Dang, I love that boy.
But Uni is almost over for the summer - one quick presentation tomorrow, and 2 longer essays before the 23rd.
After riding I decided to let him graze in the lunging circle, so I made a seat for myself, so I can keep an eye on him and just relax IMG_1575 (640x640).jpg
He decided that the riding stick was quite interesting. By the way, didn't have to use it almost at all this time, as he has understood from 1 time what legs mean. So he moves both trot and walk just from the leg. IMG_1578 (478x640).jpg
Also, of course, need to work a lot on turns, but we are getting there, last few were quite good today, for a green horse.
He really is nice and is starting to prove to me, that I was 1000% correct in taking him, as he has a huge gentle heart and is very willing to please.
I even got the bit in very quickly in the standard way, not our way, and not too much fuss about it.
Well. I had a photoshoot with my dressage pony. Most pics are fail because it was a rainy day and I have no idea how to get my camera and my slow lens to work well in such gloomy days together. But the fun part is, that my to-be-amazing-dressage pony looked fabulous :P
In the last pic just a rider and a saddle is missing. He just looks too good :P However, such canter with me on his back is long way from where we are now. IMG_1599 (640x640).jpg
The day after. As in I opened the buttons just after the session, but as he had gone very impatient with me braiding him that day, even stomped on my foot in the process, I decided that in one night he will not rip out half of his mane, and I was right. 24 hours later I undid the braids and he got funky hair
He had plenty of days off since then, and we had some great plans for today, but rain ruined everything. It rained all day, so everything was wet and there were puddles and mud. Still are to be honest.
However, I decided that I have had enough. The rain stopped and I hopped into my riding pants and went outside. The sun was out there for a moment, and I had a slight headache, but I was sure that some quality time with my boy will heal everything.
So it did.
However, at first I thought, well, he usually is fine, rain gets him slower too, lets just walk around the pasture with the rope halter. Ya right. Sure, as if that was to happen. No, I mean we did walk for 3 minutes in the pasture. But my Golden retriever had gone deaf and wouldn't hear me telling him to go back home, and Grand decided that he doesn't know what brakes are. Sooo, ye, not wanting to get bucked off in a bushy area, I told him, that this is not how it goes. Took him to our lunging circle, set him loose and asked him to work.
Oh my, that pony was not too happy. He trotted off fine, but then he decided he needs to sniff his own poopoo pile. I was having none of that, but asked politely to keep going forwards. He turned and kicked out at me.
Oh poor pony, he saw that not only he can be a fire breathing dragon, but that his momma can turn into a horse eating monster too.. and off he was, running like he was supposed to.
He reacted to all commands quite well, he knows his walk, trot, canter, turn commands.
Even though he worked quite hard at trot and canter on muddy ground, he never broke a sweat. And I am getting concerned, like what the hell? He gets lots of days off, eats grazing pasture, cut grass, and hay (well portioned throughout the day) but no bucket feed, nothing. He looks healthy, he is round, and does not need any extras. Those will come in when he has more regular work and shows that he needs extra energy. Because in 1 year I got a skinny horse to be a round horse. That should be fine. Tbh, he was in good shape since autumn till spring. Then he started putting on the extra pounds
Anyway. So he didn't sweat. Like wow. AND his breathing returned to almost normal extremely soon after having done a few laps in fast canter. I mean, I am still stunned. I guess he is in better stamina shape than I thought.
So after he had showed me that he is a good little baby, I got back on. First, as usual, some neck bending, to just remind him where I am, and to do something before we walk off. As the one thing I hate with all my heart when riding, is horses who start walking when they are being mounted. But Grand likes to stand still so ye no problems there.
Walked around, mainly not doing anything, just applying my legs when he turns and trying to see if he has any reaction to body commands. The brakes are bad with rope halter, but then again, they are always bad. He just needs a lot more rides and a lot more stopping to get to that point where his brakes are on the spot.
He started feeling my weight and my legs, so some turns worked out better, but when he decides he is having none of my commands, there is like no way in hell you can turn him. So worked on that a little. Due to the mud only raised trot for half a circle, to make sure he still gets the cue to move up a gear, and walked some more and got off. Poor pony. He was happy though as he got more grass after work
However, I was going under my fence with the saddle in my hands and fell down on my bum because my rubber riding boot slid in the mud and with a saddle I am not good with balancing
Later in the evening I decided I will move a bit of his pasture fencing so he can get some longer grass. Soon enough I am swapping pastures for him. Just starting to think that maybe I first make hay out of what has grown in the empty pasture and then let him there?
Also. Looks like he is getting a massage. He makes bunny hops in canter way too often, and every now and then he will slip and fall with his hind legs. Sometimes it is in wet weather, but also when it is dry. And his lunge circle is not all grass, when on lunge he works on plain dirt. So he seems to be getting lost with his hind legs and might need some adjustment in his waist or hips.
Pony is just too happy munching on grass now. I guess it will be hard to get him out of there tomorrow
Today he had to work again :P
A good groundwork session.
We did lots and lots of transitions between all gaits, after he had done quite a few laps in forward trot to stretch out and warm up well. He was actually very obedient today, got him even more responsive and he would keep going most of the time, even if I am not looking at him.
He managed some nice left hand canter again, however, he still swapped his legs at few times, but actually, the warmer he was the better he did.
In 15-20 minutes he was starting to sweat - but it was quite intensive workout, lots of trot and some canter, but lots of concentration from him, because I kept asking to slow down or speed up. Afterwards we walked together (no lunge line, no lead line, just him next to me) and I decided he really needs a bath, because once he has sweated again bugs will attack him. So, finally.
My baby got a full body bath. Ok, not full, but 98% of his body got washed real good with tea tree oil shampoo :P probs had like one drop of tea tree oil for the whole bottle His mane looks better than ever now, his coat is smooth and shiny. Got most of the mud out of his skin. I had washed him last summer, but just with the hose rinsing him all over, this was first time with a shampoo!!! He wasn't too happy about the cool water, but he did fine. Afterwards got the excess water off with my riding stick (felt so professional) and brought him back to his pasture.
He really wanted a head rub again :P but he almost flicked me into the electric fence, so I told him, no rubs.