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 IMG_1614 (640x478).jpg
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