Working towards your bronze, wow, how exciting.
And don’t you just love it when your pony challenges you and says “no” - super frustrating. Ana usually goes from “no” to “maybe” to “fine but you owe me big time!” lol
We'll see. Employment this summer is still way up in the air so I'm not sure. I need to work somewhere where I'm not camping in the field all week long so I can school Pony.
Nick is good undersaddle for me, he's really one person and is a bit dicey and snakey for others, but what's been eating us is the trailer. On the whole, he takes longer than other horses to do the groundwork and obedience, probably because when he was younger he figured out if he resisted long enough eventually the problem went away. So I have a pony who likes to play the waiting game. So what ended up happening with the trailer is I worked on it the last few weekends having him trot on a long line when outside and allowing him to rest near, half way in, and in the trailer. The thing was, on average it was. 2-5 hour investment. I'd have people walk by and tell me to do things differently that he should know better, that he'd probably load into their trailer, that all I needed to do was "back him up a lot and he'll jump right in", and "have you managed to load that horse at all?" Which really sucked, because it seemed like all they got to see was a stressed pony being made to run around til he dripped sweat. I felt mean. I think I looked mean. But it's not like I haven't taught horses to load this way, it's just that Nick takes A TON of work to get through to. Yesterday he loaded in 2 minutes flat (photo attached) and no one was there to see my triumph but me, but that's okay. Although the childish part of me would like some affirmation.
For something I haven't hardly ridden in a saddle he goes well. We have a lot more flexibility in the barrel now than we used to. I NEED to work on our trot extensions, but I have a bony bottom and I can tell by the ear flicks he'd rather have me in the tack for those lol. The nice thing about bareback is the horse has to be light, and in a frame all on their own. You don't have much in the way of leverage to force the issue so it makes you be creative. It's been really good for both of us, and I think long term we'll be much more elastic and in tune because of it, but boy am I tired of having to wash my tights AFTER EVERY RIDE!
Also I got a betta fish. His name is Hector. He was a half a bottle of wine spur of the moment decision that I do not regret (worry not someone else drove)