Another horse! I love other horses!
Riding? I love riding! It's my favorite!
COOOKIES?? I love those!
Curry comb, that is definitely my favorite!
Not that he doesn't occasionally get irritated by things. We are still dealing with some sporadic, probably track related, saddling crankiness. It isn't just the girth, it is actually more when you put the saddle on his back. He was vetted and chiroed with absolutely zero back soreness and the saddle was verified to fit, so I am not too worried about anything physical. I am guessing mental because if literally anything is distracting him (a person walking by, a lead rope in his mouth, horses being led nearby) he forgets to be cranky.
And then sometimes under saddle, he can object to leg when warming up.
Even if he does occasionally forget humans aren't for chewing on.
We had a really good lesson Saturday morning. We couldn't turn him out to run (our indoor had been flooded by a forgotten sprinkler and wasn't really usable) and decided to skip the longing and just ride. I figured it is easy enough to get off and longe if necessary.
While so far it has been hard to identify much in the way of patterns as he is changing so quickly, I have noticed that it takes him about 10-15 minutes of under saddle work if he hasn't been longed before he really settles in.
That was definitely the case Saturday, we even had a mini yahoo moment where we were circling and he locked onto a cross rail and wanted to "bolt" at it. So he squealed, took one sort of big step, bumped his butt maybe 6 inches off the ground, and then sighed and continued turning.
|This is him being fresh|
|The head tilting is 90% gone but sometimes we still like to revisit it|
|One day I swear, I will keep my shoulders back. But pretty pony.|
|Video still but I can't find much to complain about here.|
|Oh yeah, get low, get behind the bit, and gape that mouth. So lovely. What effective riding!|
To wrap up the lesson Saturday we even did some left lead canter work. He picked it up right away, cantered a beautiful 20ish meter circle, and then quietly came back to walk. That is happening more and more often and makes me start dreaming about jumping!!
I am still focused on not expecting anything on any given day and I know he is a young horse and tomorrow could be a ten steps backwards day (ahem one of those may have occurred already since Saturday), but I am also going to enjoy these moments for all they are worth.