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He didn't refuse to go over an obstacle once yesterday. Most significantly, he went over a new jump of his own accord.
They weren't big jumps, about a meter high, no more, but he went right over them with only one slight hesitation.
I suppose most riders might not find this particularly outstanding, but two years ago it was a life-and-death argument to get over a simple trot-pole. He would explode over it and follow it up with a wild-west show. The arena has a couple of…Continue
Posted on November 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment
My boy was in his first parade in Aurora on Canada Day, and he was awesome.
This is a moment of triumph; the culmination of a year and a half of careful work, of diligently following a detailed, specific training plan, to acheive a horse that is calm and quiet, yet light and responsive to the aids. Quite the change. He is, indeed, a different horse.…Continue
Posted on July 2, 2013 at 11:27pm — 1 Comment
Four months ago, in the middle of January, I put away my stirrups.
I'm told that the Spanish School in Vienna and the Saumur both have their new riders work without stirrups for a few months, and my coach advised me to do it, so I did. Took them right off my saddle and hung them up, so I would not have the option. No…Continue
Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:00pm
So, after a month of careful desensitizing, he's getting really good at not flinching when something strange comes along, at standing near the scary blue plastic wall (from a Fisher-Price child's toy) that is used as a 'wing' for a jump, even at ignoring tarps that he used to panic about. I noticed that he was much more willing to go over jumps and trot poles and around strange objects. I thought he was just about ready to ride in a parade...…Continue
Posted on November 11, 2012 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments