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post #421 of 498 Old 02-24-2019, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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Today was simply BEAUTIFUL out and I couldn't wait to get to the barn. We've had nothing but rain and fog for the past two weeks, so when I woke up and saw sun and blue skies, I could barely contain myself! Haha.

The horses had already been fed and turned back out by the time I got there, so I went out to fetch North. Once I got there, I decided to just hang out a bit and enjoy the sunshine with my guy while he grazed. I rubbed him and talked to him and he stayed close by. If I moved away, he'd stop and look at me like, "Where ya going, Mom?" At one point, the mare he shares a pasture with decided to walk over and say hello. He instantly pinned his ears and charged her, causing her to run off, then returned to me to graze. Eventually, we headed back to the barn to groom and tack up, but I can't lie, that moment absolutely tickled me.

I am his person and not only does he know this, but he makes it known to others. I love this horse so much.

It was a super windy day, so I decided to put on his new bonnet with his new saddle pad. He looked SOOO handsome, I could barely take it. Lol. The mares owner showed up in time and they rode with us. We schooled for about 30 minutes, then took them on a short hack around the property. North was such a good boy and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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post #422 of 498 Old 02-24-2019, 10:46 PM
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Love reading the updates, you look so different in the saddle on North, just like you are part of him.

I hear you on the breathing, but for the very opposite reason, I have been prescribed inhalers to help me breathe in this intense cold....windchills are at -40*C again....I can’t wait until warmer weather!

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I love how possessive he is of you. Promise does the same thing, it's quite endearing isn't it?! Like they KNOW their mommas, and don't want ANYONE getting any of the treatment they get! Or don't want anyone near them! So cute!!! He was like, this is MY person, MY momma, go away! So freaking cute. I bet he was so happy to see you! It's nice to just hangout and let them graze. It's a nice reward for them, and relaxing for you!

You guys look great, and I LOVE the bonnet on him. Looks so good with the new pad, too! So nice to see you riding, and in some sunshine finally! :) You guys look fantastic. So glad you had such a nice weekend with your boy! I hope the rain and fog stays away, I know you are sick of it!
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Love reading the updates, you look so different in the saddle on North, just like you are part of him.
I love this so much, because that is how it feels. Like we have a true partnership and understanding. It's something I've never experienced with any other horse and I wouldn't trade that for the biggest, fanciest moving WB. And the time spent with him out of the saddle feels just as good as the time in the saddle. And to know that he's just a baby and the fact that I'm only seeing the beginnings of his potential makes me giddy inside.

The girl I rode with yesterday has the young mare and she's desperately trying to learn and understand about contact, bending, and getting your horse round. She's only 11, so I've tried to explain to her mom that it will be AT LEAST another year or two before she's physically capable to use her body in way to ask the horse properly. She's really tiny. So yesterday, I lent her my grab strap just so she could work on keeping her hands still. I turned around and she had the reins pulled super short and tight trying to hold the mare and push her into dropping her head while mom tried to instruct her. The mare was so tight and tense.

I went over to them and made them stop. I explained to them that I KNOW it seems like it's about the head, but it's NOT, and it too took me a long time to fully understand it. I told them it's about their BODY and used North to demonstrate. We were just standing and his head was high in the air. I had a fairly long rein on him and just picked up a very loose contact. I legged him forward and asked him to bend just with my seat and legs, without doing ANYTHING with my hands and he instantly went round, soft and down into the contact. Mom's mouth fell open and I saw the light bulb come on. I told her that THIS is why her daughter would need to get bigger and stronger before she could properly ask and that she would never REALLY get correct contact by trying to hold her head down. The horse has to give it to you through their body.

And THIS is what North has taught me... and it's an amazing feeling.

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Absolutely. I think what is really hard for most horses as they progress up the levels is releasing more and more of their body to a rider. It also take a lot of strength to be softer but still effective.

I think one of the things that does irritate me when I know of some riders who are good riders but they just lack the feel and awareness of the horse's body and how to use the horse's body to bring the whole picture together. A lot of those details are things you can kinda give people an idea too but they cant really understand until they experience it.

I remember teaching a lesson to a woman who was riding a mare I knew well and was very emotionally sensitive. She would absolutely refuse to be ridden by someone who was aware of how to use their energy or emotion to guide her. So I had to sit and try to teach what it feel like to release energy through the chest and tried to explain it's like opening and closing a valve and that when you get on a new horse. Instead of jumping into testing what the horse can do, ask basic questions like go, stop, turn on the forehand, etc and build from there. Start a basic conversation with the horse and develop a certain feel and understanding like getting to know a new friend, rather than jumping in and expecting each new horse to ride like the last one. It's a partnership. But I remember saying with energy it isnt something you can teach directly, it's something you have to have an idea for then feel and learn how to work with it. Else it's like describing the color purple to someone who is blind. Some things people just kinda need to have an idea in their mind and then a lot of practice riding horse after horse and lesson after lesson.

Also had a student with her bronze medal ride Wonder and I remember with laterals I had to explain it isnt' about "pushing" him over. If you try to "push" him with the lateral, instead of using your mind he will just push into the pressure and not take a single lateral step. And I remember because she rode Wonder, it really helped her get that idea on her mare and helped their laterals quite a lot. Sometimes a horse can show a person what a trainer or another person has tried to show them but they really needed to feel that moment with a horse to understand, if that makes sense? Quite an incredible journey.
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Sometimes a horse can show a person what a trainer or another person has tried to show them but they really needed to feel that moment with a horse to understand, if that makes sense? Quite an incredible journey.
This is very true! Riding "back to front" and developing feel was not something that was easy to understand for me with my previous horses. Trainers could tell me again and again, but I'm a person that learns by doing, so it was a hard thing to grasp on horses that had never been ridden this way, were seniors, and had 101 evasion tactics. North is just such a clean slate that he makes it easy to not only understand these concepts, but teach him as well.

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Got off work a little early on Wednesday, so decided to do a short ride. Helen rode with me bareback on her horse and we took them out in one of the bigger pastures.

I started North on two new supplements a little over 2 weeks ago. One is the Platinum Performance Wellness and the other is a muscle builder. I really just want to make sure he's getting the vitamins and nutritional support he needs since he's always been kind of on the lazy side and a little hard to get forward and moving. Now? No spurs needed, lol, and I'm having to relearn how to ride him.

For quite some time, when I asked for the trot, we'd start out in a slow jog, and I have to keep pushing him to get more forward. I'd started wearing spurs again just because it was so hard to keep a forward momentum on him. Now he just feels great and no spurs are needed, but I almost have to stop myself from holding him back because I'm not used to the initial jolt of energy! It almost feels like he's running away with me, but once I get him on the aids, it's like we're coasting and it feels amazing.

Part of it too is my reluctance to ask for more when we're outside an arena. There are more outside factors, distractions, and what not so I'm more reserved and cautious. I don't mean to be, but the "what if" is always in the back of my mind and its hard for me to just let go. So I worked on that last night while we were in the pasture. Telling myself he was the same horse whether we were in a pasture or an arena and the same rules applied. So even though we had this HUGE open space and it felt like he was running with me, I didn't pull back, and instead kept asking for more until he went round and settled into the contact. And then when he got there, that feeling of connection came back and I was in control.

Our ride was 20 minutes tops including a short hack we did around the pasture, but it felt really nice. Hurdles one at a time right?

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I'm glad the supplements are working for him! :) I've heard nothing but good things about the PP one. I bet it feels good not having to use spurs anymore. It will be an adjustment for you, but a good one!

I understand about hesitating a little when you are outside of the arena. There are more distractions & it's an open space. It can be a bit intimidating, especially on a baby! You know they are unpredictable & have their moments. But I think you are doing great! :) That's all, just tell yourself it's the same inside and outside of the arena. Exactly, one thing at a time. You got this! <3
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Out of curiosity what is the muscle builder you have him on?


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Out of curiosity what is the muscle builder you have him on?
AniMed Muscle Up. They sell it everywhere - Tractor Supply, Amazon, etc.

A friend of mine at my old barn pretty much rescued a TB last year who was skin and bones, knocking on death's door when she bought him off the girl who was trying to trade him for a barrel horse. He was being kept in a dirt roundpen with no access to grass or hay. Not even 2 months later, I kept mistaking him for her other horse because they were both chestnuts. I swear you couldn't tell that horse had ever had a hard life. He looked like he was lifting weights in the gym 3x a day and she barely rode him cause he was still a baby. It's fairly inexpensive. A 2.5 lb tub costs about $30 and last almost 3 months.

I wasn't sure, but North definitely looked like he was getting bigger to me, so I snapped a few pics the other night and then went and dug up another I took at the beginning of February. The first pic is from Feb 3rd. The second is from a week ago. He'd been on the supplement right around 2 weeks?
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