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post #2541 of 2585 Old 03-04-2020, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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The Trocha movement is very interesting. I think I'd two point that canter - it doesn't look like it would be smooth even if you rode it every day.

Link is doing great! Nice trotting! Even "cantering" under saddle without taking off in a bucking run, LOL. That first time getting into the canter whether by spooking or falling into it can be iffy sometimes. Even if they've lunged with a saddle on at the canter it seems to feel different to some horses once there is a rider on.
I agree that two-pointing the canter would be a lot more comfortable, but in the show ring sitting it is required. And honestly if you saw the crazy chaps Nicole has to wear for the class, I am not sure you COULD two-point, they are so bulky and heavy. They are hide-on cow leather with the bottoms being about 2 feet in diameter!! Most people don't put them on until after they have mounted the horse. Maybe that is what keeps the riders on - the chaps are an anchor.


I agree that cantering a young horse under saddle the first few times can be exciting and I am hoping that if spooking into the canter didn't cause a rodeo, a normal canter request won't either..


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WOO HOO!! Loved those videos!! Link just had to prove that he is indeed, an Ayrab that WP QH behavior was all an act...

The trotting work is splendid!! He likes the going faster stuff, and your grin!! What fun!!


Hope Lani's fever resolves and George is ok.
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post #2543 of 2585 Old 03-05-2020, 03:36 PM
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Maybe that is what keeps the riders on - the chaps are an anchor.
This is hysterical! Ballast! I got such a visual - we could sell special trocha chaps with pockets along the legs so you could fill them with different grades of gravel to keep you from flying out of the saddle!

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I agree that cantering a young horse under saddle the first few times can be exciting and I am hoping that if spooking into the canter didn't cause a rodeo, a normal canter request won't either..
Please don't rush it for our sake, but I am sure that there are several of us anxiously waiting to see that video.
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Hope Lani's fever resolves.
Lani was better within 48 hours of stopping the medication, so thank goodness for that. I was sorry to not see her or Kathy at convention, but I think they made the smartest choice.

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Please don't rush it for our sake, but I am sure that there are several of us anxiously waiting to see that video.
Def got some other things to work on before I worry about cantering under saddle. Link is pretty unbalanced at the canter without a rider, so I have been trying to work on that slowly. He can now make it about halfway around the pen before getting discombobulated and falling back to a trot. With how sketchy the ground normally is, I haven't been pushing it.


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The AERC convention was pretty busy for me, but overall productive and fun. I spent the majority of my time in various meetings, but did get to see a couple educational seminars and walk around the trade show and tack sale. Happy to report I sold a few items and did not buy a thing - I did win a couple free shirts, which just happened to be teal. Perfect!

We got home at 1am Sunday night/Monday morning, so it was hard to drag myself out of bed. But the weather was glorious - more like May than March - so of course I wanted to ride.

I started with Phin. I expected him to be full of it, so we went up the powerline climb at a canter. It was already over double the temp of last ride when I left the barn, so that worked to my advantage. We headed across the farm and up the Tomhicken, keeping a steady trot. Once we dropped down the pole line to the Tomhicken trail, Phin had worked out most of his silly.



It was nice to see water versus ice! I was also happy that the couple trees which had come down had already been cleared.



I heard shooting coming from the base of the s-turn trail, so I went up the alternative trail Gina had shown me. It was very nice (and stayed away from the shooting).



Went up to the space needle and then home without incident. It was so nice to tie Phin to the patience tree to dry in the sun versus having to stand in the barn with a cooler on!

13.28 miles, 1759 feet of climb, 6.3 mph average pace, 62F real feel


Next up was George. I decided to use the thermal camera to do some before and after pictures of his front feet and legs, so I didn't want a workout but that would give me a mix of everything. I started off going around Spaulding's and then heading up the bottom tier of the Sugarloaf.



Then we went down and around through the fields. It was simply glorious to be outside.



We finished going across the farm and home via Ziesloft's. George felt about the same - mostly ok but NQR in some places.

6.01 miles, 945 feet of climb, 5.4 mph average pace, 65F real feel


The before and after pictures (which are pictures of the thermal camera screen as I couldn't be bothered to upload the actual images):







Don't see anything in the feet that seems unusual. Cannons (and hocks) are warmer after, but not sure if that is a potential issue or just the fact it was so warm outside (and I didn't even untack before taking the pics). I plan to take more before and after the next ride, too.


Next it was Link's turn. He was super quiet to tack and downright unenthused for the longe work. I couldn't blame him because it was so much warmer than it had been.


Link is making progress every ride, so I am very pleased!


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Link is making progress every ride, so I am very pleased!
Yes, he is! Great stuff there.
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YAY Link!! He is such a good boy! Learning so quickly Having a blank slate to work with can be so rewarding.

LOVE the matchy-matchy

Are you using the Torsion right now?
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Aw, glad you had a good time at the convention. That's self-control right there, not buying anything! Yay for the free shirts!!

Good boy Phin! Glad you found another pathway, away from the shooting too. Definitely made the ride go much more smoothly. Looks beautiful. It's so nice having 'spring' weather for a change, right?!

Link is really coming along, each video! I love it! He looks so pleasant to ride.

I hope George feels better! The warmth could definitely just be from the heat outside, but I've found that if Promise gets a little warm (once in awhile on her fetlock that has the screws in it), putting some clay poultice on it seems to really help.

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LOVE the matchy-matchy

Are you using the Torsion right now?
That shirt is one of the free ones - perfect, right?

I am using the Torsion currently, as I expect Link to change as he matures and starts working. We also lost our saddle fitter - he died from a brain tumor a few months ago. To say he is not replaceable is not an exaggeration, as he was not only experienced enough to have worked with multiple Olympic teams throughout the years, he didn't sell any saddles so had no sales agenda, he did body work, and he lived less than 30 minutes away. Since he was semi-retired, he barely charged enough to cover his costs, as he just retained the clients who were relatively local and who he enjoyed.

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The warmth could definitely just be from the heat outside, but I've found that if Promise gets a little warm (once in awhile on her fetlock that has the screws in it), putting some clay poultice on it seems to really help.
I love poultice! I have tried that (open and wrapped) and liniment (both open and wrapped).. didn't make a bit of difference.
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That shirt is one of the free ones - perfect, right?

I am using the Torsion currently, as I expect Link to change as he matures and starts working. We also lost our saddle fitter - he died from a brain tumor a few months ago. To say he is not replaceable is not an exaggeration, as he was not only experienced enough to have worked with multiple Olympic teams throughout the years, he didn't sell any saddles so had no sales agenda, he did body work, and he lived less than 30 minutes away. Since he was semi-retired, he barely charged enough to cover his costs, as he just retained the clients who were relatively local and who he enjoyed..
Very sad news, hope he didn't suffer. Sounds like he was a real gem. Just don't make them like that anymore.

(free matchy-matchy shirt is awesome!!!)
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