Plodding away - Page 4 - The Horse Forum
 94Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #31 of 126 Old 05-08-2018, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 435
• Horses: 0
My trainer wanted to take the video to show me how much I've improved. I.also want to look at it and see what more needs to be done!

I tell Toby, ok, we have a deal: I will do my best to give you clear, correct signals/aids, and you do your best to follow them. Whether he understands the words? Well, who knows exactly. I'm figuring, what you want to seem like to your horse is like you're a good horse to follow. (Even though he knows I'm a human). But are you clear, confident, safe, a good leader. Toby still sometimes thinks my trainer is the Boss Horse, which technically she is, just not when I'm riding or lunging him.
knightrider likes this.
redbadger is online now  
post #32 of 126 Old 05-12-2018, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 435
• Horses: 0
I brought over my little digital camcorder on Friday, and got a bit of video. My trainer freely admits she is neither good with technology nor a talented videographer, but we got some shots. I uploaded them all, but I'll just link to a few, because most of them are walking, or jogging a few strides. (Next time I'll just use the grip-stand onto one of the light poles or something and set it to record from there).




Not quite as bad as I imagine, but not great either. Mostly, look at how handsome Toby is. ;)
tinyliny likes this.
redbadger is online now  
post #33 of 126 Old 05-13-2018, 02:01 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 47,499
• Horses: 2
sweet! you look reasonably comfortable in the saddle. horse looks comfy enough to fall asleep at any second.
redbadger likes this.
tinyliny is online now  
post #34 of 126 Old 05-13-2018, 10:45 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,211
• Horses: 12
Looks like you're coming along just fine. Most lesson horses seem to feel that way. It is a light bulb moment when the kids here realize the horse they are on is listening more to the instructor than them and the true lessons begin. You already knew that and are one step ahead. He's paying attention to both so I'd say you've gotten further than you may think.
redbadger likes this.
QtrBel is online now  
post #35 of 126 Old 05-13-2018, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 435
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
sweet! you look reasonably comfortable in the saddle. horse looks comfy enough to fall asleep at any second.
Toby had been on a (one hour) trail ride earlier in the day and believes he had already WORKED SO HARD and is ABSOLUTELY EXHAUSTED. Spoiler alert: he is not.

So, that's actually the old saddle. He has a new-to-him saddle (more traditionally western-style) that we've been using for a few weeks, but the high schoolers who work at the barn think this one fits better and insist on using it and argue with my trainer over it. It's slightly too small for him and the front edge hits right behind his shoulder blade and he tolerates it to a point, but it's really not the best fit for him. (and, honestly, after being in the other one, *this* one feels to small for *me* too.)
redbadger is online now  
post #36 of 126 Old 05-13-2018, 02:03 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,211
• Horses: 12
Then you need to speak up and use the other saddle. Especially if the trainer agrees. The teenagers should not be running the barn. It happens though that they get ahead of themselves and think they know everything there is to know but only you are the judge of how you feel in a saddle and the trainer should be the judge of how a saddle fits.
bsms and redbadger like this.
QtrBel is online now  
post #37 of 126 Old 05-13-2018, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 435
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by QtrBel View Post
Looks like you're coming along just fine. Most lesson horses seem to feel that way. It is a light bulb moment when the kids here realize the horse they are on is listening more to the instructor than them and the true lessons begin. You already knew that and are one step ahead. He's paying attention to both so I'd say you've gotten further than you may think.
He does tend to look toward "Auntie Becky" when he's unsure (my fault, usually) or he thinks it must be time to stop and go eat. But he does it less now, I think, than he did initially. Friday he tried several times to eat the grass, but he was also nipping at flies on his front legs/trying to scratch his face, so I had to figure out the difference between "I have an itch" and "must. eat. grass."

Also, while it's not in the videos, we did a bunch of stirrupless work and I finally figured out where my thighs engage, which was good and solid. (the stirrupless work was my choice). Figuring out how to pressure with one leg and not tense the other is still a challenge.

We also played a little game at the end where I walked him into a square (as defined by poles on the ground) and had him turn in a full 360 in both directions. Then, walked him so he was straddling a pole (front legs on one side, back on the other) and we actually did a side-pass, for a couple of steps, and I was so excited we actually did it, I could've hugged Toby except it's hard to do that from in the saddle. ;)
redbadger is online now  
post #38 of 126 Old 05-13-2018, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 435
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by QtrBel View Post
Then you need to speak up and use the other saddle. Especially if the trainer agrees. The teenagers should not be running the barn. It happens though that they get ahead of themselves and think they know everything there is to know but only you are the judge of how you feel in a saddle and the trainer should be the judge of how a saddle fits.
We're definitely using the one that fits next week and thereafter. Having ridden in both now, I can see more easily that the dark saddle is just too small. I don't know why they argue it fits him, except I get the sense "the teenagers" just like to argue with my trainer. (which is funny because she's been working with horses longer than they or I have been alive, and taught most of them to ride.) I don't want any part of drama, I just want Toby not to get hurt. So, he gets the one that fits.
redbadger is online now  
post #39 of 126 Old 05-19-2018, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 435
• Horses: 0
A few wrenches thrown into this week's lesson. Toby and Nugget were both out (down on Cape Cod for the beach ride), leaving Robin, whom I'd never ridden before. She is a sweet mare in her 20s and less quarter horse built (ie less round) than Toby or Nugget. I waffled about being too big for her. (As you can tell from vidclips, I'm obviously not of slight build).

First, her regular saddle is being repaired. So, start with 2nd saddle. After a few rounds, determine that saddle is too small for me and I feel like I'll fall out. Swap saddles to 3rd, realise that the stirrups are too long and too worn-in to move. Add "insta-stirrups" which feel strange and forward, and closer to being stirrupless than anything.

After that things actually went very well. The insta-stirrups tended to keep my legs too far forward (or slip forward) so I had to focus on keeping them in place. We worked a lot on leg aids, isolating muscle groups, shifting weight etc. Like most school horses she takes her time getting going but she moves lovely when she does. Did a little jogging - her jog is longer and closer to a trot than Toby's, so it felt much more - er, forward? More oomph. But I managed more than just a few steps. Did big and small circles, more balance and control. She's a lovely lady and smart. I'm not quite as in love with her as Toby, but my thoughts might change if I rode her in a saddle that fit her and me. 😉
redbadger is online now  
post #40 of 126 Old 05-19-2018, 03:13 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 8,211
• Horses: 12
It's always good to gain experience on different horses. Everyone will teach you something you didn't know.
redbadger likes this.
QtrBel is online now  
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









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

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



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Plodding is great once in a while SEAmom Horse Talk 5 10-29-2013 02:21 PM
give away for a tune up? why? Haflinger Horse Training 9 10-05-2007 12:08 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