|I must protest these requests|
While I was off living the high life (HAHA business travel is not what it is cracked up to be. 20 hours of travel each way IN COACH for 36 hours in country, jet lag, sleep deprivation, etc), CO weather made it a pretty quiet week for him. Tuesday and Wed he had trainer rides although Wed's was cut short by heavy winds, then Thursday and Friday it was snowy and trainer R didn't even get to the barn.
So by Saturday, Odie was ready to rock. First he was allowed running around time in the indoor before everyone came for the day. Later, I opted to let R2 ride him since I had just gotten home the night before and after 11 hours of sleep was still not recovered.
He was still pretty up while she tacked him up (chewing on the cross ties, dancing, "helping" groom) so she threw him on the longe for awhile. He was actually pretty good there, mostly holding his leads and acting obedient although he definitely needed this pre-ride.
|Nice uphill canter transition|
It took something like 15 minutes of trotting before he settled down enough to focus. Before that it was more, drop behind the bit, lay on hands, pretend I can't go straight, cock my head, WHY IS NONE OF THIS WORKING?
|Oh, is this better?|
|You bet there were some grunting sound effects associate with this effort|
I wish I could ride that R2, she makes it look so easy. I was able to appreciate that even more on Sunday, when it was my turn. No pictures from Sunday, but Odin was clearly sore and tired from his hard workout the day before.
Understandable, but big boy baby horses now have to come out and work even when it is hard.
We started out with a long walk to stretch out those muscles and he was perfect for the first few minutes of trotting each direction. Totally lovely, can't wait til he is that horse all of the time. Then I am not sure if he loosened up or was just having a toddler melt down but he wanted to be DONE.
|Trotting poles on Sat, he did this perfectly at first on Sunday too.|
I certainly wasn't going to get off when he was sassing but I also believe he was actually tired and sore so I tried to walk the fine line there. He finally started giving me obedient work that was a little tense and quick but what I was asking for instead of trying to blow me off. After he was able to maintain that, take a walk break, and come back and do it a second time in a row, I let him be done.
|It was kind of a mouth gapey weekend|