Had a lesson which went swimmingly!
We’ve been doing a lot of work in the arena, so I thought it was time to go on a hack. I lost my phone over the weekend which is why I have not been having pictures to post on the blog. Just one of the 8,000 inconveniences of losing your phone.
We went about 2.5 miles, in all gaits. He was a little tight in the beginning, but got better and better and we both enjoyed the time together.
I rode him in the morning in the indoor. When he is being mounted, he often stretches out, which can be a sign of back pain. I would consider having him checked looked at by a chiropractor.
We worked on flexibility and relaxation in all gaits today and he did quite well. He took several nice deep breaths, even during canter. Lovely.
Today we worked on transitions, standing for mounting and dismounting, flexibility and relaxation. He did well!
I tacked him up in the evening and rode in the indoor. He was even more relaxed in walk than usual and produced some nice work in trot and canter. We could have done a pretty respectable dressage test! Very good man.
He led me on a short but merry chase before he let me catch him, at which point he got a cookie, which made him wonder why he ran. Hmmmmm
I tacked up and we worked in the indoor on stopping and standing quietly and he got better and better. We worked in all gaits and he had some nice moments.
He’s continuing to do well with the bit. Today we worked on staying relaxed during mounting and dismounting which is coming along nicely. We also worked on halt and stand quietly and relaxed, and had some very nice work in trot and canter.
We had a very welcome isolated thunderstorm today that dropped 0.5″ on our place. While the plants breathed a sigh of relief, all the horses rolled in the resulting short-lived mud. Sahara was no exception and it was either spend time grooming him carefully or clean the important parts and get on with it. So this picture of him with the bridle on shows some mud for sure.
He accepted the bit quite willingly and didn’t fuss with it in his mouth. I took him into the indoor and did some in had work to be sure that he knew how to respond to the bit and he did well. I got in the tack and we worked on proper, balanced walk and also halting and standing still after the halt. Then we did some lateral work, introducing leg yield. He did very well.
We worked in the indoor on suppleness both over his topline and laterally. And we worked on relaxation during mounting and dismounting. He had some nice work