Well I've never done anything like this before but I thought I would try keeping a kind of journal on here to watch my progress with my two boys. Not that I'm not motivated but I often don't have much time so in a way this is to give me motivation to find more time so I can keep this going. So anyway I have Apache (chestnut) who I can't ride but I am working on his groundwork and I'm going to work on his muscles from the ground (if that makes sense). Then I have Sammy (palomino) he is my new boy who has apparently been out of work for 9 months when I got him. I am bringing him back into work now and also working on his general ground manners.
Today I didn't get home with time to ride but I first worked with Apache. He was in one of his rare kind of hypo moods but he listened pretty well. I brushed him a little. Then I got him to flex his head in both directions which he is getting softer with. I then lunged him which was semi successful because I haven't worked with him for awhile and he wasn't the best at lungung to begin with. I managed to get him to walk and trot in both directions for a few circles (even though he was fighting me the whole way) but we ended on a positive note.
I then caught sam and brushed him (though it was to breezy to hose the dried sweat off either of them). I then flexed him both ways which he is awesome at next I worked on him yielding from pressure. I have had to teach him to move off pressure on his hindquarters, forehand which he is still improving on. (All he did before was forward, backward & stop). I am now working on him moving sideways to later move under saddle to use for circle work. I then mucked around a bit and tried to lay across his back by jumping up from the ground (which I suck at) and all I can say is he's quite a forgiving boy.
I know this isn't the critiquing section but I'm open to any tips or comments throughout this as I don't have anyone horse savvy to help me at home at the moment. Sorry for it being so long I'll keep future ones shorter.
Here are some pics, one of Apache wet a couple of weeks ago, one of sam when I first got him and two of each of them from today. By the way I'm not sure what's with Apache in one pic he has no muscle but he isn't that skinny he must have been standing funny. Anyway enjoy