See, I end up posting a lot in the same day, because:
1) I did not do something the night before.
2) I stupidly decide to post about 1 horse first, but then something cool happens with the other one.
3) I just have too much free time and babble about every single detail.
SO ye. Yet another post. TODAY.
My friend was busy, so she did not have time to try riding Teddy today, so as I did not want him to get fed up with lunging, I took him for a ride. This time not in the forest, but at home. He was not entirely excited about it, as he really is lazy, but we got some things done.
I mounted from a stump. He used to hate standing next to things. We sorted this out in 2 attempts.
He did not walk off - this was fixed in 3 rides.
So when he was patiently waiting for me to make up my mind, I asked him to flex his neck, he does it quite reluctantly, but got him to give me slack in the reign, and let it go. He is stiffer on the right side, but today we worked a lot on correct head/neck position, together with an active behind, left circle he takes better, right hand circle in trot feels like riding a broom.. he does not bend, he rather takes slightly lateral steps to get through the circle, or cuts in, or runs out. So hard work. But today I was not to focused on that, as I wanted to just get him to move forwards.
When I ask for more forwards movement with connection on the bit, he offers me canter. Gosh, seriously? All the time, canter, canter.. wobble, canter, trot, canter, wobble canter, wobble.. But OK, we got some trot time there, figured a few things out, he did quite nice few rounds across ground poles - quite wide ones for him I must add, but he never hit them.
Then I prepared him for canter.. he was very very attentive, bends a little better in canter, but sometimes I need to work hard to have him on correct bend, correct leg, and not run out of the circle or fall in and lose canter. He is not ready yet for full nice circles in canter with a rider, and I am sure I am causing some problems too, but we are getting there. I could actually sit his trot for a while today, so my fitness level is increasing fast too :) I could sit his canter half the time with no problem, it was actually incredibly comfortable. Before the wobbles
So we cantered a bit on each hand, let him canter straight too. One moment he suddenly panicked about something, and would not react, so he learn some one reign stop too.
And of course, with slightly warmer weather, thicker coat, more stress and more work, he was quite wet today. Due to the wind I walked him more with the blanket on, but he was not completely dry when I let him go.. But he should be fine, it is not freezing tonight. Next times when it is colder I will spend more time getting him dry. I rubbed all the wet areas with the blanket, and he didn't look cold..
His neck was wet from underneath, his chest was a bit wet, the girth area, and a little bit higher than that, not under the saddle though, all saddle pad area was dry!, his flanks and the backside of his hind legs. So I guess he worked a little too not just stressed. And of course the most beloved part of anyone who rides a young horse - his bit was covered in drool
My legs hurt a little already, but something felt really good today. And Teddy did not want to give me the bit back
OH, and they are really jealous of each other. After I moved Grand I gave him his bucket, outside of the field. Teddy was marching around the gate looking all annoyed, that it is SO UNFAIR
In the evening Teddy got a few pieces of bread from my hand when I was unsaddling him and taking him to walk with a cooler, and Grand was all too excited that lil bro gets to eat something and he does not. He nickers after me and Teddy a lot
But then they both got their veggies ;D