Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Friday, 30th September
A friend rode Pumpkin yesterday for a bit. He was due for another ride. She has some riding experience, so she wasn't a total beginner and could at least trot to get some of that growing energy out. He behaved very well, listening to her and making her think about not only using your hands, but your seat and legs at the same time. A lot to grasp in one hit, but she got it really quickly.
He is definitively starting to use himself some more. He is engaging his hind end more, and going into the bridal. There was some salivary foam there, only a little bit, but it seems to me and my slightly trained eye that we are finally moving in the right direction.
And, he is somewhat officially desensitized to the dreaded hair dryer from hell! It rained before she rode, so I had to dry his coat somehow... and fast. He was fine with it on and such, but heaven forbid it touch his neck. He went okay though, and he trusted me enough to be able to get up to doing his muzzle by the time I was done. He was still a little weary of it moving, but he returned back to his usual self quickly.
There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky