Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Monday, 30th July
Not many updates because well, there isn't much to update about. For the past few weeks it has been set back after set back. Rain, wet ground, then Yr 11 camp for the week. Formerly known as fat camp, as they feed you 7 times a day.
So in total, he has only been ridden 3 times in the past 2-3 weeks.
We went down to pony club a few weekends back to ride at a demo thing that was going on. He was full of it, so he was happy to throw tantrums when asked for a canter :S He was trying to take off towards the the other horses, buck in the transitions ect. I finally got him to cut it out and we did a nice few circles and called it a day. Ending on a good note, right?
The day after was our lessons. Side passing was the focus. He went over with his front, but his bottom trailed behind without following. We played around a bit to get it over, and by he end of the lesson he was doing it fairly well. It still needs a lot of work. Speeding up responsiveness to canter aids, so sit - canter becomes one fluid motion with out traveling to Japan before responding.
Skip past fat camp and get to our lesson this Saturday afternoon. Again, side passing needs more work, touched up the canter transitions. Then I had to get off. Whoever said horse riding isn't a workout, doesn't make you sore or the horse does all the work, needs to re-evaluate. I physically couldn't keep riding for the last 1/4 of the lesson. My stomach muscles were screaming at me. It usually takes me a minute or two to rest, then continue, but no go. So Andrea jumped on, did transitions again, side passing and having him start working in frame. He has all of the fundamentals, working from behind, engaging his back etc etc etc, but he doesn't break at the poll. Once you ask him to, he happily holds and travels well.
He's making mummy proud <3
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