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    10-15-2013, 01:39 PM
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    10-15-2013, 01:58 PM
Originally Posted by MsLady    
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    10-16-2013, 04:37 AM
Grand's workout - YouTube

This is a measly attempt to film how he can react to me, slow down, stop, and he does not immediately walk into my space, he waits to be asked to come in, or to continue out.

First canter with saddle - YouTube

He does this nice, correct lead canter on his right side, which is blind. It is almost impossible to get correct canter on the left at the moment. However, I do not ask him to canter much, we still have a lot to work at before that.

Also, after filming I worked nice 10 minutes with him, both sides, all gaits, not allowing him to take advantage of my mistakes (could not turn him immediately when I had the camera on hand, could not make him respect my voice commands etc)

But he still is amazing Not sure if I want to do anything with him today when it's drizzling outside, plus, the farrier might come today and do our hooves again!

Teddy got to walk yesterday! First, before that, we tried out our new saddling place!
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Which means, I can easily run and fetch something if I forgot, I can clean them easier (Grand sometimes turns with me when I try to go clean his bum I find it a lot easier now with this fancy thing

And going to the forest, Teddy was again lazy to cross the road, but stood still for me to mount in the forest, walked nicely, responded to sideways yielding easy - I ask him to move from one side of the path to the other when there are trees coming in my face. He responded to asking for more impulsion in the back (the fact we are on trail does not mean we have to sleepwalk) and was overall very responsive and nice..

Grand saddle lunging - YouTube

Grand seriously cannot canter correct to the left, but in the end in trot he became super attentive to what I am doing. I know there was a risk of him coming in or something (not changing directions, because he wants to do that on the blind side..) I am just still not sure what I do with him today, do not want to overwork him, but he just barely heated up yesterday, no sweat, from 20 minute workout.
    10-16-2013, 03:29 PM

What the hell is Teddy doing with his legs? It is not cross canter or so called cross firing or disunited canter. It is something completely different. And he does pace after it.

Grand was pronounced to bend better than Teddy, got his mane brushed, cleaned front feet to check on them and think what I do with my farrier (he didnt arrive today yet, we are postponed for monday), as talking to others about him, he tends to just cut cut cut, when he could just rasp the extras off, cut out the bars and leave the hoof be, for one Teddy does not need his soles taken off, as he is sore when stepping on stones already. Grand looks like he needs proper trimming as he has walked only on grass for 7 weeks now.

I want to ask my friend's farrier if she can come take a look at the cut next week, and say what she would have done different, what she would suggest, and if we can change some angles and try to straighten Grand's feet out.

Teddy apparently was hard to warm up (I know that) as he is a bit stiff and unwilling to work hard in the beginning. Then he opens up and its a pleasure to ride. He trotted over 4 ground poles 4ft apart each, no problems, nice circles, direction changes, nice transitions, collecting, moving forwards, he was holding himself in a frame already with loose looking reigns.. not for me ofc atm, but ye..
His canter was weird..
Testing canter on Teddy - YouTube

That is the video. Feel free to say whatever you see ( I know I am not doing my absolute best).
Weird canter moment picture.
In the very end of the video one can see him start to pace, as I could not keep him off the ground poles and he decided to stop canter to manage to get over them.
I am at a loss..
    10-16-2013, 06:17 PM
Woah. I've never seen that. I've seen it in pacers but only at a trot. Doesn't seem to bother him though. I guess he just needs training?
    10-17-2013, 03:30 AM
Originally Posted by EquineBovine    
Woah. I've never seen that. I've seen it in pacers but only at a trot. Doesn't seem to bother him though. I guess he just needs training?
No, does not seem to really bother him. He is not overly keen of "canter" but he goes. The girl who rode yesterday, legs call her M because she massages horses. She said that Teddy is stiff (we know) and that is why he offers canter too often. He does not want to stretch in trot, and therefore he just switches gait.

We are still guessing that he might have pacer genes.. because he has so many canter issues... my other trainer, after watching the video said that I should have sat deep in the saddle and pushed him really into the canter (but because I was not really ready for this, ended up doing not that well) however, not because of me, he seems to trot with his hind legs.

The trainer says to check his hips, maybe he does have something out there. (hopefully the osteopath comes and fixes him) Attempt to push him into normal canter in forest, but if that does not work there is no point bothering him with canter. Yes, he does seem not to like the ground (the grass is short, but can be slippery, his feet sink in a little etc) however, he never tripped yesterday like he does with his owner.
    10-17-2013, 04:13 AM
What's his history? Was he trained? He doesn't look like a trotter/pacer type. He may be in pain and that gait is easier for him? Who knows! Good luck finding out!
    10-17-2013, 09:13 AM
Originally Posted by EquineBovine    
What's his history? Was he trained? He doesn't look like a trotter/pacer type. He may be in pain and that gait is easier for him? Who knows! Good luck finding out!
He was started as a 3-3.5 yr old, he was still a stallion then. Then we had ridden for about 6 months by a trainer. Then he was moved to a 24/7 pasture board, gelded, and did nothing up to this june apart to maximum 2-3 rides a month, sometimes it was just once.
In june he came and we started upping the work.
Still feels he is out somewhere and massages do not help, but as said M is going to get the osteopath here to work on him.

Today I had about 8 km ride, in a bit over an hour. His belt was wet but that's it. He breathed nicely and seemed alright. At first he was active in walk, then I had to push him more, his trot was nice, a bit wobbly but we are working on it. His canter!!!! Sometimes was actually nice to sit, then he switched something and it was not nice, I pushed him on in hunter seat and he managed to smooth it out a little. So in the forest he can canter. Which is what we are going to do a LOT when we ride alone. He did jump a few times, being scared of plants in canter or trot, but it was alright.. He is getting better. I think, I will continue to do his long walks with out friend when he can, sometimes ride at home, sometimes alone in the forest to give him a stretch out and lots of room to work :)

Grand gets a day off today, they both got some carrots and a bit of bread.. no time for buckets as in 30 minutes I have a train to go to school meh.. I don't like going to a class today, but looks like it will be interesting and we have a guest lecturer talking on internet research :)

Both boys seem happy today, so that's the most important thing :)
    10-17-2013, 01:49 PM
I'm not sure what he's doing, but he sure is cute. I love these guys <3
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    10-17-2013, 05:05 PM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
I'm not sure what he's doing, but he sure is cute. I love these guys <3
I am sure they become cuter and sweeter with every single fan they have :P And I do tell them that there are more people enjoying them :P

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