Teddy ended up on the lunge with sidereigns. I did not have the motivation to go and ride today, as we need to work hard tomorrow. So today is my lunging day. And wow, I managed to do both.
Teddy is a lot easier to lunge, however sometimes he too tries to change direction, ignore me cueing for change of direction, start nervous trot etc.
But, we warmed up for a good while without the sidereigns, just nice active trot circles, 2 ground poles to trot over, elevated them afterwards.. then asked him to trot in sidereigns, at first he was all "why is this contraption on me, I hates it" but then he stopped shaking his head and trying to shake them off, and started stretching into them, working more with his hind etc. He does need a good push to stay active, as he is a generally lazy horse unless we are in the forest.
But he worked nicely, trotted some more poles, cantered him on the lunge with sidereigns. He is hard to push into canter on the lunge.. but he did it, got praises, we did some transitions, a few circles in each direction, took the belt and the sidereigns off..
Trotted him some more, a few more tries at canter, went to the tiny obstacle I have (2 tyres height) Asked him to jump it on both sides from canter and from trot, main idea to just jump it. He did well, so trotted him off a little, walked him off, took him out and had to blanket him as well as his neck was a little wet and his inner thigh muscles, flank and stifle. Btw, I just learnt that Grand's swollen knee, was his stifle. He he, talk about knowing the terminology
But ye.. Teddy cooled off in the blanket, walked a little but he wasn't panting so just let him stand for a while before giving them their buckets..
They also just got some apples
There are still some left in the orchard
Oh, and when I was about to lunge Teddy my brother came outside.. He was like.. "what are you doing? Why is he so dirty? HE IS FAT! Why is he fat? (he eats a lot) Why does he eat a lot? (because Grand is skinny) But you should feed them separate then (I cannot limit the hay for them.. ) true that. What are you doing to him now??? (when putting the lunging girth on) Why does he need that? Are you going to make him pull things? (nop, just lunging work) AAAA, you are taking that (halter) off? WHY? (because this needs to go on - bridle) WHY? (because I need him to work with the bit..) Poor horse.. He has a greasy forehead. Wash it (erm, it is too cold to wash) he has a dirty cheek (yes, he is all dirty) but his face is dirty ((my brother had a camera with him too)).." And so forth.
Then he announced that Grand is very unfortunate... he is skinny, not too happy, stands around moping, and even his color is very blunt, not interesting..
Mind you, my brother is 26 and has seen horses for almost all his life and used to try riding sometime ages ago. Now he is 6 ft 2in and not too keen on getting on horses ever in his life.. He did hold Teddy for me on midsummer night though :P
Grand was still skinny, weird and felt tiny and fragile, but he got his flower crown too! IMG_2029 (426x640).jpg IMG_2054 (640x427).jpg
Teddy tried to eat his and mine at the same time, and did not want to pose. IMG_2065 (515x640).jpg
And he was a lot skinnier back then
Cannot really decide on the fitness level.. IMG_2187 (640x427).jpg IMG_2189 (463x640).jpg IMG_2200 (470x640).jpg IMG_2202 (411x640).jpg
I think he has become a lot bigger and wider since he came here
However, I have lost between 22-26 lbs this summer... IMG_2206 (640x419).jpg
And we had a LOT of long grass back then.. but they ate it all.. and now there is nothing IMG_2220 (640x427).jpg