Navigator's Progress - Page 64 - The Horse Forum
 902Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #631 of 651 Old 06-26-2019, 09:15 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 16,156
• Horses: 1
I hope you feel better! Glad you got a different fly spray too! He is so cute trotting around. I'm sure neatening up his mane will help this summer, especially on those super hot days. Love the selfie, you guys are so cute! Look at that blaze!
NavigatorsMom and knightrider like this.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is online now  
post #632 of 651 Old 06-28-2019, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 2
I had a really nice evening with Nav yesterday. I need to go out in the evenings more often. Even though it was a little hot, with the sun setting, a slight breeze, and low humidity it was just really nice for riding!

Nav was really good for me! Our trot work was nice, Nav was really focused and working hard. We did things a little differently. Lately I've been warming up and riding a lot like we do in our lessons, mainly working on half of the arena or a 20 meter circle, but this time I decided to use the whole arena. We did circles at either end, used the diagonals. It was just a lot of fun. :) We did the same sort of thing while working the canter. Started him on a circle (from a nice trot!) and then after a couple times around we cantered down the long side to the opposite end, did another circle, back to trot, cross the diagonal and pick up the other lead and then do the same. Nav was great! Our canter was nice today and he didn't bear down and try to speed along the long side, he just stayed controlled and fairly light.

After working in the arena we went on a trail ride. Last time we went out Nav was super spooky and jumpy, so I wanted to have a nice one this time. However, even though Nav was nice and calm while heading out, as we went down our usual culdesac path a dog charged us from behind the fence alongside the shoulder we were on. :( I saw it coming so I prepared for a spook, and luckily Nav didn't have a huge spook, but he did jump and spin into the road which could have been really bad if a car had been coming. We went to the other shoulder and continued our ride down, just so Nav wouldn't think the spook meant the ride was over. He settled down right away though. On our way back we stayed on the far shoulder, but the dog still ran and barked at us.

This was right before the dog came at us.


It's frustrating. We've ridden that way so many times and this has never happened, but now I'm nervous to take Nav out there again. Partly because should the dog run far enough down, that fence actually ends at the intersecting road and he could potentially come at us. :/ I don't know if he really would but it's just not something I want to ever find out. I know riding out risks coming across animals who might not be friendly, but I can't help feeling disappointed that our trail rides will now be just a little overshadowed by me being on the look out for that dog.

Anyway, when we got back to the barn I gave Nav a nice hose off and let him graze for a bit. I think we've finally figured out our fly spray situation. The Fly Bye seems to work well for our rides, and then when I let Nav out I apply the Pyranha.

A few pictures from the really pretty sunset. :)






And I also found out that Nav likes watermelon!
NavigatorsMom is offline  
post #633 of 651 Old 07-03-2019, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 2
Today was lesson day! I didn't really want to go this morning, and I had a lot of anxiety about it on the drive over for some reason. It all turned out fine so I really don't know what that was about. My lesson was at 9:30 today, since it's getting hotter as we get more into summer. It was about 80-82, not too humid, and a little breezy so it was a good time to ride.

The ride was ok. It actually turned into a lesson mainly about how to focus a horse who is really interested in losing his mind over something else. :P The beginning started out pretty nicely though, Nav was bending really well at the walk and our initial trot work. He was listening and responding to my cues. I was happy! But then one of Nav's pasture mates got brought by on the way back to his field, and Nav wanted to lock onto that horse and not listen to me.

To get him to focus J had me really get him bending, like really bent - careful not to fall in but to do that intense bend for a few seconds and then relax and let him go forward with a normal amount of bend. And then repeat. It did work, and she said that this helps because a horse can't take off and look around as easily if I'm asking for bend rather than the same amount of pressure on both reins, and it also helps him to redirect his anxious energy into something good. He really settled in to a nice, pretty and accurate trot, although he kept trying to call for his friends throughout this portion of our lesson.

So then it was time to canter, and we started with a nice trot but when I asked for a canter Nav bucked and took off! Bad pony! He definitely felt a little annoyed at me for making him do hard work instead of letting him go back to his friends. So J had me bring him back to trot and then halt right away, and then we did a TON of walk/trot and halt transitions. Making sure Nav was bending nicely and listening and responding promptly. And then after a good amount of that we got to try cantering again, and Nav did decently. He didn't want to bend so again we put a lot of emphasis on getting him to bend or even counterbend, just so he couldn't bear down and run which he wanted to do. From there on out he did alright, no more acting up, and we ended after doing both directions.

I was a little embarrassed about J having to see Nav act up, he usually doesn't do things like that, but she said really it's good to have things like that happen during a lesson because then she is able to help me work through it and give me tools to be able to deal with the same thing in the future. Which is true, because if this had happened while I was riding alone, I likely would have just brought Nav back to trot and then immediately asked again. Working on getting him listening at a lower gait does make sense, and it helped de-escalates things. Hopefully next lesson we can work on more things and Nav will be a little more relaxed.

NavigatorsMom is offline  
post #634 of 651 Old 07-08-2019, 01:59 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 16,156
• Horses: 1
Gosh, that would've thrown me for a loop too (the dog)! Ugh. Especially when you're just trying to have a nice peaceful, relaxing ride. Hopefully it doesn't happen again, I know it's scary. Give it some time & then try going out again, once you feel more comfortable. You don't want to be all anxious even though I know it's hard. Beautiful sunset though. Love the video of Nav eating the watermelon. How cute!! Look at that cute face. :)

I think it's not a bad thing he acted up a bit during your lesson. It's good that she was able to help you & it will help you in the future for when he does those things, to re-focus him. Now you know how to handle those things. I'm glad you don't ever give up & you keep working at it.
NavigatorsMom and knightrider like this.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is online now  
post #635 of 651 Old 07-10-2019, 11:25 AM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 2
We will definitely try going out again, just a matter of when. Maybe we'll go down the other road instead (toward the longhorns) for a change!

Well, I haven't ridden since last Wednesday :( Weekends are usually hard to make it to the barn and especially this weekend because two of my sisters and my mom came down for an impromptu visit. It was really nice to see them but definitely cut into any chance for horse time. Monday is typically a barn day but I am on a bit of a crunch with designing the wedding invitations for my sister's wedding, so I spent essentially all day working on that.

I finally got back out to the barn last night, but it was still super hot (heat index of 102 at 7:30!) so I just cleaned up Nav and finally gave him his summer haircut. When I got there everyone was in the barn waiting to be let out after dinner. Even with the fan blowing on him, Nav's neck under his mane was wet with sweat. So, off it went!



He looks so worried, but he was just concerned about getting the last treat I had in my pocket!

It's a little chunky and rough looking, but it's more about functionality that prettiness. At least now his neck won't be drenched in sweat under his thick mane. And something really exciting - we've gotten to a bit of a breakthrough with flly spray! Since I definitely need to get it on his neck now, I very lightly spray there - away from his face - and he didn't try to move away or even stress out that much. He did try raising his neck a little, but only when I was very close to his head, and for the most part he stayed pretty relaxed. So we're making progress!

And a couple selfies, as usual!
NavigatorsMom is offline  
post #636 of 651 Old 07-10-2019, 12:40 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Australia
Posts: 3,961
• Horses: 1
You guys are so cute!!! Exciting about your sisters wedding!
Rainaisabelle is offline  
post #637 of 651 Old 07-16-2019, 01:00 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 16,156
• Horses: 1
Awww he will feel much better in the heat with a shorter mane. :) He looks so handsome. Such cute selfies too!! I hope your sister's wedding is fun too, how exciting.
knightrider likes this.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is online now  
post #638 of 651 Old 07-16-2019, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 2
Well I've kind of let this go haven't I? Just been busy lately, and not in the mood to write about my rides. We haven't had any major breakthroughs or anything, pretty much business as usual. Slow progress.

Rode last night and finally was able to get some video. It's been a while since I've been able to do a self evaluation. I think we are doing alright, though this video has some goods and bads. I had to dismount to get the camera set up (because it was my phone, which I like to have on me while riding) and after I got back on to do a little bit of trot and canter for the video, Nav felt like it was time to be done. So he was a little sassy, and you can see once we start tracking left every time we passed near the camera he put his head up to focus on what the neighbors were doing.

Overall it was not bad though, and I think we have improved.
NavigatorsMom is offline  
post #639 of 651 Old 07-19-2019, 02:45 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 16,156
• Horses: 1
I think you guys look great! The progress definitely shows. I know it can be hard to keep them focused. I have the same issue with my mare sometimes. Like, just focus on me! Your trot looks really good & so does the canter, much better! Your seat looks a lot better & you guys are more in tune with each other. Look at you two! It's great how easily you can get him to come down from the trot too. Really good!!
NavigatorsMom likes this.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is online now  
post #640 of 651 Old 07-24-2019, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 2
Lesson today so I will update.

Nav was a little superstar today! Total change from our last lesson. I know I anthropomorphize but he seemed like he knew our last lesson was not so good so he really tried today :)

We focused a TON on transitions within trot and getting Nav to carry himself and not rely on me. J also brought up a point that makes sense but I had never really thought about. While working on getting Nav on the circle she had me think about the outside rein "drawing" the circle, and the inside bringing Nav concave. And the more equally I use my reins and weight the more balanced he'll be over both feet instead of one side or the other, and he also will not have to depend on me to carry him as much because he will be balanced and able to carry his neck himself. We had a lot of good moments throughout our ride. Nav really is beginning to carry himself more frequently. Transitions within trot went really well. J had me use a full body half halt, where I just sort of tensed my muscles and stopped my motion with Nav, and then relaxed but kept my posture. We did that many many times and Nav started getting really responsive to me!

We also did a little with canter and Nav picked it up much more nicely today. J said that our canter is SO much better than when we first started with her, and that both canters look much more similar and consistent. :) I'm so happy with him! He really has been doing well lately.

And a few pictures from recently, since I haven't posted many.




Mom, why are you taking so many pictures of me?








Lookin' a little chunky
knightrider and PoptartShop like this.
NavigatorsMom is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My progress.... Oxer Horse Riding Critique 4 12-29-2013 10:06 PM
Progress! Ace80908 Horse Training 0 11-06-2012 12:27 AM
Navigator - Then and Now! NavigatorsMom Horse Pictures 9 05-18-2012 02:09 AM
In-Progress midwestgirl89 Art and Craft Work 44 12-02-2009 01:17 AM
A work in progress **Updated progress 7-31-07** MorningDusk Art and Craft Work 5 07-31-2007 01:23 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome