The Horse Forum banner
1 - 20 of 28 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I'm getting really excited with Oakey this spring! Thanks to Mercedes' council, I can ride Oakey now! I got him September 10, 2007 and couldn't for the life of me get him to obey my commands.... I started successfully riding Oakey March 31st (2010). Since my saddle's cinch is getting in bad condition, I ride bareback.

3/31/10 – Rode for about 15 minutes in the pasture. Had next to no problems!

4/1/10 – Rode for a 30 minutes – 15 in the pasture, and 15 out in the hay field. Very few problems.

4/2/10 – didn't ride... =(

4/3/10 – Rode for a few minutes, but didn't really work too hard.

4/4/10 – Started out just walking, but brought Oakey up to a trot towards the end of the half hour (and boy do my legs hurt). Making good headway!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
4/5/10 – Rode for about 20 minutes today. I took Oakey out into the hay field today instead of working in the pasture. The training is progressing smoothly – I didn't even have to use the riding crop today! =)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
@paintluver: We definitely are! =D

4/6/10 – Worked at a truck farm after school! =) Didn't get to ride Oakey... =(

4/7/10 – I forgot to grab my riding crop when I got the bridle, and didn't realize it until I was already on Oakey. I figured that I might as well try riding without the crop (which I had never done before). Everything went perfect! We just stuck to walking today since the ground is pretty muddy. We did that for about 15 minutes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
4/8/10 – Rather than riding the usual circles in the paddock, I took Oakey out into the pasture and rode the fence lines. Oakey hates the wind, and usually is stubborn when it is very windy – not today. Minus a few minor issues in his responding to commands, Oakey did great!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
4/9/10 – I rode for about 30 minutes today. The first fifteen went great. We started off in the paddock walking, then did some trotting. After 15 minutes we went out into the pasture and my life suddenly got difficult... Oakey started stepping backwards rather than forwards when I'd prompt him to step up (http://www.horseforum.com/horse-riding-critique/going-backwards-instead-forwards-52187/#post600368)... It took me a while to fix that, but eventually we did (kinda) fix it. I had to get out the riding crop though to do it, though. =(

Pics from the first 15 minutes: http://www.horseforum.com/western-riding/critique-oakey-me-bareback-52189/#post600377
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #7 ·
4/10/10 – After yesterdays epic failure, I decided to go back to the basics. All we worked on today was emphasizing focal and body cues for turning left and right – didn't even do any "official" riding. I also had to re-establish myself as the top dog (or would top horse be more appropriate?) of our two member herd. So far, things are moving along smoothly again.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
4/11/10 – Worked a little in the morning with the same as I did yesterday. I have my status as lead horse back. This afternoon, I took Oakey out of the pasture for a ride. Everything went well and he responded to the leg aids fantastically.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
4/12/10 – I didn't ride... At least, I don't think I did. I don't know... maybe I did. *sigh* Yesterday was pretty hectic...

4/13/10 – Rode for an hour and a half. *stretches sore legs* The first ten minutes I devoted to riding the fence line. That went great. After that, I took Oakey to his least favorite spot on the whole property... a spot that he won't ride to willingly. I did this on purpose to teach him to obey me despite his not wanting to do what I'm telling him to do. I spent about 1 hour getting him to go 20 feet to the spot. I was successful! Then we did a little more riding to end on a happy note. =)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #10 ·
4/14/10 – Rode for about 30 minutes. Worked on the same things as the day before – Oakey wasn't as stubborn this time, though ;). He did, however, have some pent up energy that he let out when we were riding... that was fun! =D

4/15/10 – Almost didn't get to ride today, but I did manage to put in about 15 minutes as the sun set. Just rode around in the pasture. And I did it without the bridle! Only halter and lead rope. =)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #11 · (Edited)
4/14/10 – Rode for about 30 minutes. Worked on the same things as the day before – Oakey wasn't as stubborn this time, though ;). He did, however, have some pent up energy that he let out when we were riding... that was fun! =D

4/15/10 – Almost didn't get to ride today, but I did manage to put in about 15 minutes as the sun set. Just rode around in the pasture. And I did it without the bridle! Only halter and lead rope. =)

*EDIT* Ack! Sorry about this double post... is there a way I can delete a post? I can't find any way to delete....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
4/16/10 – It is windy today.... Oakey doesn't like wind.... We started off kinda rough with Oakey not wanting to ride at all. Then we went into the "if we have to ride, I'll make it very memorable" phase – I rode my first buck, bareback, today. Towards the end, I finally got Oakey calmed down and obeying my commands. =)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #13 ·
4/17/10 – Oakey has gone from one extreme (of not wanting to go at all) to the other (wanting to go all the time, and in full throttle. Today was pretty much the same as yesterday.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #14 ·
4/18/10 – Didn't get to ride today... =(

4/19/10 – Just did a really short ride today. We worked on starting and stopping. I rarely have to use the leg aids anymore – he's responding great to my clucking!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
4/20/10 – Didn't get to ride yesterday... had an event I had to go to in the afternoon.

4/21/10 – Rode at the far end of the pasture where there is a hill. Went up and back down the hill, working to get Oakey in shape.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #16 ·
4/22,23,24/10 – I haven't been able to ride for the last three days because of bad weather... I think I'm starting to go INSANE! :headbang:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #18 ·
4/27/10 - It was great to be back on Oakey's back again! We circled the pasture and he handled marvelously – even at the place where we were having problems before. =) My leg cues are über subtle, and my clucking is so quiet that only me and Oakey can hear it – Oakey's getting really good at obeying the commands. Could life get any better?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
351 Posts
Discussion Starter · #20 ·
*sigh* I haven't been doing much lately... Bad weather has stopped me from riding for the past three days. Yesterday, despite the rain, I got out and worked in the barn picking up Oakey's feet. Already he's making some improvements!
 
1 - 20 of 28 Posts
Top