Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: South Australia
Update from Friday last week, 30/08/13.
Before riding, I watered down and mixed Dimka's hard feed and put two flakes of hay in his haynet, which I then left beside his hard feed on the wash bay (where it was soaking - it has MaxiSoy in it so it expands - I just leave it whilst I ride because then I dont have to wait for it to soak when I am feeding him). I usually put two flakes of hay in a white chaff bag for his owner to grab and give to him in the morning, but I didnt need to this time because there was already a lot of loose hay in a chaff bag beside her hay bales which I assume she had gathered - there were no other chaff bags empty to use either, so I left it as it was.
My riding friend, Cat, came and watched me ride today. She had tried Drummer (a Gypsy Cob gelding) the same day I had tried Dimka out, and was told he was being taken on by a family memeber - she told me she would still be interested and love to ride Drummer if the owner changes their mind. She went over and said hello to Drummer as I was riding - she has a soft spot for him, I think he reminds her a bit of Yoshi with his quirky nature and his canter.
During our ride Dimka and I:
- Worked on using my seat and rising to extend his trot (he got the hang of it down the long sides, not a huge stride, but still a extension of his trot). Would like keep working on this with him.
- Walk/Trot on the bit, holding the reins by the buckle - he really seeks the bit and stretches out, so I am encouraging him to seek the bit, as when I ask him to go on the bit he will usually do it fairly quickly after a bit of reminding, but I would like to get him to work on the bit without any niggling, so decided to practise this excercise with him (which is something I was taught as a way of getting a horse to want to go on the bit, by first seeking the bit, and then collecting the horse).
- Canter on the left leading leg on a 20x20m circle, mananged to get him on the bit at a canter - something I have not practised with him before. He did keep wanting to trot so I kept encouraging and driving him forward using leg and my seat, pushing him into the bridle.
Brooke (Property owner's daughter) said he may need a crop if he keeps being lazy (she has noticed he is now more lazy than he used to be, now I am riding him and giving him more work than he used to - the also owner hasnt ridden in a while due to being ill), which I agree, but would like to work with him a bit more with more leg and encouragement before using the crop - something I dont want to use if I do not have to.
After our ride, I brushed Dimka down, and mum helped, he was irritated by the mosquitos so was stamping and nipping in frustration. Brushed the sweat from his poll/browband with a bit of water splashed through the soft brush. Put his winter rug on (he ripped his summer rug, on Wednesday according to Brooke, which has now been removed - she told me he was standing and putting his legs though in and out the ripped bum section of his rug).
2011 Warmblood Filly