This weekend Ollie was started in boot camp, really got to work and stuck to my guns on getting contact and flexion. It was very hard, Fu fussing work for the little man but by the end of today he really got it! Very happy with him.
Started out at the halt and flexed both ways for about 10 minutes
At the walk started really holding the contact and asking him to except it and move on in the walk. Lots of up down all around trot breaks and wiggles for the first bit.
Ater he settled, worked into it and was very good both ways I asked the same thing in the trot. Oh my trot! Ah all new! Lol this took awhile to convince him, lots of praise and reassurance for him got him to reall do well in the trot then he got annoyed cause he's now really being asked to work, hold himself together and hey why are we not jumping!? Lots of naughty behavior, worked through it. Didn't into any fights with him as soon as he would try to blow through my aids I'd sit deep make him halt and flex to the inside, walk on with the flexion and ease back into the trot keeping the flexion and contact. This really worked. Very fussy during some parts but pulled through in the end on a very good walk note!
Day before was a get off and lunge the crap out him as there is a large half wild half house cat that's decided to move in near us and walk up and down the driveway and hide in the trees across the driveway. There were jumps set up, lots of small children around too so it was alot for him! He started to stop moving forward and started to go up....with my recent head injury (safe for me to ride) but not to get hit again any time soon. I got off lunged him and holy cheese! My little guy can throw some of the biggest bucks I have ever seen unless I'm watching the rodeo on tv! Dannnngg son!
got back on he was calmer and I just slowed my body down, breathed, talked to him and he was way way way better....I was about to call for help if he wasn't calm after 15 minutes of letting him get all of that out! Ended on a great relaxed slow note.
He gets two days off before going back to work!! He wil start getting massages again with this harder work I'm asking of him.
Here a some cute pictures from this weekend!
Thanks for reading!
what are we doing today mom!?
Whew a break! That's tough stuff man!
Walking walking...just keep walking
Ooo grass! Gimmie!!
Hey I said give that to me....now!!!!
Just a gotta.... reach a little...more...
Gotcha! Ha! Yummy!
I love my silly goof!