She deserves a better reputation than that. (But Hey, it would help if you’d behave under saddle most days too!)
We’ve had some lovely moments during rides. Always toward the end. She never comes out ready to give anything for free. First, we negotiate, then, she’ll consider doing something more productive.
She’ll tolerate absolutely no bullying. Riding her like that will make her shut down immediately. Instead, she has to want to do it. Which she sometimes does. Look how cute and straight she can be!
Walking pirouettes happen too now, but you better just think it, not come with some ugly aid. She feels staying round throughout all those steps is overkill though, so she’s not ready to show it off just yet.
Can’t wait to get out there to see her again! That’s what just a couple of days off will do. Good stuff!
On Mondays she’ll sometimes pop her head up, all the way out there in pasture, when I come in with the quiet hybrid. She knows what’s up.
– “Yay, my servant is here!”
Happy to have her. Growing respect for this mare, with her peculiar ways. Do it just right, sitting square, and she’ll sometimes let me access her back and she’ll get very sensitive, almost hot, accepting only small aids. It’s a taste of what I think she really couldbe. I just need to catch up!
Lots of stuff to say this week. Kind of unusual. Buckle down!
Without eyes on the ground very often, pictures can really help, with a lot of things!
Every time there’s some new shots I look, wishfully, for any small sign that she’s working more loose, more supple, more bettah’ than last time.
Staring at the hind. To see if it looks like it’s working more. The lumbar area. The entire back. Fretting there could be something in the work bothering her, physically.
She has the shortest, steepest sloped hindend ever. Getting anything other than what I call a” duck trot” has been super hard, and if the saddle is even just a tad too narrow she won’t even try it.
Around December, I got stuck on worrying about too long saddle panels – where the saddle is extending too far back. With a short backed horse, it can easily happen.
But her saddle, when checking, and double checking in the cross ties, isn’t too long. Still. There seemed to be something more to make the canter easier for her…
She needed more room at the shoulders. The awesome Mattes half pad was just taking up too much space. Or not? Only way to be sure – experiment back and forth over many rides between the Mattes, the slimmer Thinline, and one without shims.
Riding with the slimmer fitting Thinline Trifecta felt better for her. Couldn’t tell if removing the 1 mm thin shim made a difference for the shoulder.
Finally deciding that the Trifecta had to go, too. She needed the extra width! Without any half pad she felt the best.
Keeping an eye on her topline if it changes back to more narrow later on. Probably not…
Trying to figure out how our biomechanics work together, the up and the down stride of the canter has been the trickiest. She won’t give anything if bothered at all, so riding her means to help as much as can with everything.
You look at this too, right?
Constantly searching for a way to ride more effortlessly…
That was a lot of you who had rider position stuff to hate on last week… And horse issues. Makes me feel in good company, so thank you!
A bunch of pictures where the horse looks Game On…
With stuff looking alright. What’s fun with that, if it only lasts a few moments here and there..?
Today is Training Trouble Day!
Plenty of issues going on over here, wasn’t hard to pick some! Come on, share your most pressing riding issues. If anything, just to cheer me up. 🙂 I’ll go first!
She’s still very unsteady in the connection.
We’ll be going along nice, smooth, focused and together, and then tweeeeek! She’ll shorten, stiffen, and wobble her neck.
Or, she can do a short, beautiful half 10 meter radius in canter, only to have major steering troubles on a 20. Keeps you on your toes for sure.
Neck bulges out when going left, and does tweaky things at the poll when going right.
Common for many horses to have the more difficult side on the right (which is a sign that they need to be able to stretch out the left side more.), but who’d think it would take this long to work through it.
Next, some new random spooking.
Along with interesting naughtiness.
Spookiness by entire entrance of arena – didn’t happen the first month. Ugly over-bending to the inside, sometimes the only way to get through there…
Random piloting errors.
This is coming on to the centerline… Or more, “How not to come on to the centerline.” I get sloppy in preparing, and then she’ll come off the outside rein. This happens a lot when training on my own too much.
Lastly, here’s something I’d like to fix. Tomorrow would be good… Or at least half way fix, because you never really “solve” anything, just learn to ride it better.
Anyway. Coming in through a corner, she feels fantastic, smooth, and light.
Only to completely wobble away a second later!
Here, friends, is where we are a bit stuck for now. It’s simply too much for her. Riding it more conservative, she’ll do just fine, but when she works a little more up, we tend to get all over the place because she’s not exactly through and I’m not doing the right thing for her there.
Very tricky and I’m not helping at all. Few months ago, there wasn’t any problems with the corners, so I know I’m the one creating it.
Okido, that’s all for today. Ending with Miss Lovely being lovely.