I got a video of Chloe but can't figure out how to load it.
At least it's only lunging, nothing too exciting.
I'm so tired. Chandler and I have moved to a different house. I've been riding Chloe daily, doing barn work, cleaning two houses from top to bottom, packing and moving furniture and boxes, and helping my mom who is also moving at this time. Talk about busy.
I really like our new house. Hopefully it will work out better then my old one. (problems with my landlord). I'll take pictures of if when we are finished moving in!
I'm kinda stumped over my new saddle. I'm trying to perfect the sizing of the adjustable tree but it's getting a bit technical with Chloe's wide WBish back. (ugh) I like the new saddle but it's extremely different from my old one. My old saddle is like a Cadillac, it's unbelievably comfortable with large knee blocks and a gel seat. My new saddle has a much deeper seat but has smaller leg blocks making me work harder to keep my legs in place. It's more of a close contact saddle. I have such a saddle fetish...
I jumped Chloe today! She did so well. She certainly didn't expect it. I only did it twice - we don't have the basic groundwork I'd like to have established yet. The first time she did just fine - rounded her back and lifted her legs well. The second time she realized she didn't have to work so hard.
We've mainly worked on bending and leg yield through a circle. This is certainly a new concept to almost any race horse, so it has taken a bit more time. She has (in the past few days) now grasped the concept of bending at the trot. I'm so happy. She's being much more respectful towards my leg as well. Her attention is also improving and it's less of a challenge to keep her thoughts going in the right direction. I'm also quite impressed with how well she has grasped the sloooow down concept. She's extremely sensitive to body position and the rider's seat. If I become off balanced, she will certainly react. It's a wonderful thing but she will often times tattle on me by stopping or slowing down if I become off balanced. Speaking of which, she is also learning to stop from the seat rather the reins wonderfully.
She's improving so quickly. We no longer have space issues, she now leads properly, she isn't mouthy anymore, she is respectful at feed time, she learned to lunge, she learned voice commands, she has learned to walk, trot, bend and leg yield, she has learned 'whoa' and to pick up her feet, she has learned to have a leg restraint on, and she has improved with accepting the bit.
I love standardbreds.