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mudypony 10-25-2008 09:36 AM

Brickens Update and Pics
 
I haven't given an update on Brickens in a while so here you go...

I'm still easing into riding slowly because of my back but's it's been getting better and I've had a few almost pain-free rides. Brickens has been pretty good lately. His trot is getting so much better. He'll stretch his head down now and come on to the bit much better than before. His canter though has been a little rough. Whenever I ask him to canter he picks it up almost perfect everytime but when he sees the long side of the arena he takes off. It has nothing to do with fear or anything else, I just think he remembers his race horse days. So I've been working on cantering in a circle and slowly making the circle bigger and bigger which is working really well. I just try to keep him busy while cantering by doing simple lead changes inside the circle and doing lots of transitions. Also, jumping has been going really well for both me and Brickens. There's been a few rides where he's really rushy but for the most part he's been a perfect gentleman for putting up with me while I get the hang of jumping again.

Brickens and I are getting really attatched now. I hate it when I can't go see him everyday and Brickens tries to follow me everywhere. Sometimes after riding him I'll just take him to the indoor and let him go and he'll follow me everywhere, it's so cute! He actually chooses to be with me if I'm around rather than go see his horsey friends. Okay well enough of an update and onto the pics...

This ride wasn't the best I was having trouble getting him to relax and put his head down till the end of our ride and also his canter was a bit rushy too.

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1481.jpg

Sitting Trot
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1487.jpg

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1486.jpg

Get your head down poney
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1490.jpg

More pics coming!

mudypony 10-25-2008 09:37 AM

Awkward canter pic
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1496.jpg

Arghhh, his head again
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1499.jpg

I love this pic
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1501.jpg

Finally his head comes down when I'm about to call it a day...
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1503.jpg

More coming!

mudypony 10-25-2008 09:40 AM

He's so calm in this pic and his head is down! YAY! Now I just need to work on getting him on the bit.
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1505.jpg

And just because...
http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o...s/IMG_1509.jpg

Hope you all enjoyed!!

gotxhorses 10-25-2008 09:40 AM

Looks good! Glad you can ride pretty much painfree! :D

mudypony 10-25-2008 09:53 AM

Thanks! I'm not totally pain free yet. Some days are really bad and some are really good.

gotxhorses 10-25-2008 10:26 AM

Well, hopefully soon, all days will be good days. :D

Gingerrrrr 10-25-2008 12:46 PM

awww love the last pic! it looks professional.

brickens is adorable!

appylover31803 10-25-2008 02:11 PM

I love Brickens! He's so adorable!

Just a quick question, do you think if you removed the standing martingale (maybe tried a running one) that his head would come down sooner?
I know when I had Vega with a standing martingale, her head would never come down. It was only after i removed it that she was less tense and would put it down.

omgpink 10-25-2008 02:19 PM

OMG, that last picture is LOVE!

SonnyWimps 10-25-2008 02:24 PM

awwww Brickens is soooo adorable! I LOVE that face picture!


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