I know how you feel fjording,
I bought a Tb broodmare 10 years old, back in mid december yesterday ride was great a little bit of a contact, listenning well, trying her best at diagolnal ( she does not yet figure it out completely) some nice circles even to the right ( really bad side) I was ready for a bit of canter.... then one horse left the arena... well that was it... staring out the door everytime we went by it... not listenning to anything... no circles no nothing... trotting like a deer... and it was not as if we where left alone in the arena there where still 2 horses working there with us.
I have to think that as the dominant mare in the field she needs to have control over what is going on, as it does not feel like seperation anxiety ( the horse that left the arena she is not perticularly close to).
Therefore I went down to working relaxed walk and halts as we where getting nothing done at the trot, and left it at that ( so frustrating !!!!)
But on the bright side she is much better at standing at the mounting block, only had to get down twice to put her back in place ( where as up to 2 weeks ago it took 4 to 5 minutes).
I am learning that getting into an argument with this mare goes nowhere, need to take things cool and light. I need to integrate this to the work part.
Have faith, time is of the essence.
I will post pictures once I can figure out how to do it.
janiemarie: my condoleances, my thoughts are with you.
Frustrated with my horse right now -_-
She's got such a "marey" attitude to working. Spend SO long fighting, by the time she quits her shenanigans (jibbing, backing, racing etc) she's dripping in sweat. My trainer says I have to just work her through it, which I do, but some days like today she's just SO argh and I can't help but think WHY do I bother!?
And then I have one of those AMAZING rides where she goes like a dream and I get the big fancy trot and the lovely soft mare I know I have. But jees, I wish I'd get those rides more often! Today was just.. argh.
At least she looks good standing in the paddock :-/
Ahhh, greenies...some days the only thing they have going for them is that they are "pretty". Lol.
I bought a new Kentaur Elektra two days ago and have had two fabulous rides where he really is really moving free through his shoulders and starting to find his engine
Tonight, though, it could be hell..ya never know. Babies.
On the bad days, I wish I could just park him in training for six months...and i start to really envy the people who do, and who then just get to ride/enjoy their horse. But I think at the very,very, very end of this long, ridiculous road we stick ourselves on, we'll enjoy the accomplishment
At least, that's what I tell myself on the days that he can't keep all four legs going in any less than 5 different directions at once.... Lol!
"Show me the back of a thoroughbred horse, and I will show you my wings."
I used a round pen for the first time in years with the not yet backed not terribly young un. Its also been a long time since I have dealt with a horse that thinks humans are irrelevant. WOW had a some break through moments with her. Not normally a big round pen fan, but for this sort of horse its a very handy tool to have handy.
All other babies are progressing normally (ie in spurts) I need to get some pics
Well it's SUPPOSE to be April in Arizona but yesterday at my son's CTC (competitive trail challenge) it did nothing but snow, sleet and freeze. I went as his adult buddy rider and as a result of the weather man decided I would take my little red head. Though not a dressage test or training session, she still did me proud by leading the way much of the time and going through water, slush, mud and such without hesitation. Everyone was shocked to find out that she's only been under saddle 5 months or so. If we don't make a dressage diva in the end there's always competitive trail or eventing Here are some pics that the professional photog who was there took (hey and no makin' fun of the bundled up granny on the pretty pony. My son is the masked man on the gray).
Well thank you and at the risk of being struck down by the mods, I'll go further and say......she's right here 'cause I acquired her as a resale project; so, no mystery. I just haven't officially advertised her yet 'cause I was waiting to get a recognized show under her belt. She'll be showing this weekend at another schooling show if that counts for anything. As for the rest of the stash, Tamara in TN has some more of her kind available (same sire). I have two due in the next week or two and do not know which one will be for sale but they are related to this gal through their sire.
The disaster rides continue -_- Competition this coming weekend and the weather is awful. Any more rain tonight and wont be able to ride tomorrow cause the arena won't dry! I desperately need a lesson with my instructor to try and sort my Horse out :-/
I took my mare to her first show this weekend! It was a schooling show and we just did a couple of intro level tests. She was a bit nervous but we had some good moments. The judge said some very encouraging things, which was nice. Here are a few pictures:
My coming 3 youngster is now w/t u/s in the arena and out in the field, starting some canter strides at the corners into the short side of the arena. This is with 30 days and starting from a total non groundworked, non exposed baby, with not much t/o.
First few weeks were just getting used to the great outdoors and learning some serious manners. He may be "smallish" (14 h currently)but he is 100% Welsh Cob freight train..
He's picking up leads consistently, moving nicely off leg (after his initial big pony protest), great turns on the forehand, changes direction going into each rein evenly thus far, has a good whoa and a great go...all flowing so smoothly and quietly I admit I am a bit amazed. =)
Nice Exvet. =)
Even nicer to have such a great mind!!
as much as I do enjoy the training and work in the arena, it is wonderful to have those nice trail rides and the brain to do well out there.
The gal working with my baby is riding him in a huge field out by the woods, and will soon be taking him out into the bogs and woods. I'll let her be the first to test him out there...hahaha
Still no good pics of my youngster as I seem to always be solo when I am working with him; most pictures are close ups of his nose.
Tried him in my gelding's old bridle and KK bit and was able to snag a quick pic before he was on top of the camera. Hoping to get some u/s pics within the next week or so.
I've officially signed Mac up for a schooling dressage show in a month - Intro B & C - and a competitive trail ride for this Saturday. To say I'm an underachiever and on the slow train is an understatement, considering I've had him for almost two years!
Thank you all for the kind words. Everyone has such lovely greenie meanies and nice to read about so much progress. Oh and as long as it's progress, it really doesn't matter how slow or fast it is......ya know it's better than taking steps backwards
My greenie is at H/J boot camp for a month and the trainer absolutely loves him. Raves about him, has already asked me if I would consider selling him now as she could easily find a buyer for him. She can't get over how easy & willing he is, and how sensible he is. I watched her school him over some itty bitty fences outside for the first time a couple of weeks ago (his first time being ridden outside since last October, and at a new place!), and he just trucked around happily and calmly. I am so proud!!
I have a couple of pics up on my Webshots, will add a few more later:
Its been a mixed bag this past week or so. I rode Criss last Friday only to discover that his saddle was coming down on his withers. Thankfully I have an adjustable tree in my saddle, so it was easy to fix. Rode him again on Sunday and had the best ride on him since I brought him home in February. Moving forward, no head flipping, absolute angel! Then yesterday was back to disappointment with the head flipping at the trot and not wanting to move forward. Ugh. So I just concentrated on walking forward in a relaxed manner, and voila! He's moving into the contact on a longer rein and putting himself into a frame. I have to remember that he's only 4 and we're going to have times when he feels all over the place, especially when he's in the middle of a growth spurt (like now)! At least I finally felt the horse I initially tried out back in January!
Everyone has such lovely horses! I love the gray and the welshx up there! And the greenie going out on those trails in the pics? Awesome.
So I was FINALLY able to get back on Rex after over a month off with his leg wound.
I just got home. I trailered over to my friends place (equestrian neighborhood with a lot of different arenas, etc).
Lunged him first and wouldnt you know it, no head shaking. I did lunge him last Saturday and he did it some but not as violent and not as often. Im starting to think its an attention/boredom thing at home.... not sure.
Anyways, lunged him and at first he was just plodding around at the trot and when I asked him to canter hed hump his back and didnt want to canter. Guess he just wanted to fiddle fart around. So I finally whacked him with the end of the lunge line (didnt bring my whip as I generally never need it off property) and he got the message. Asked for another canter and he kicked out and twisted at the same time and got his left hind over the lunge line and then proceeded to spin around in circles all tangled in the line. Thankfully he has a good head on his shoulders and I was able to get him to stop moving and get him untangled. As soon as I did, boom, back to work and asked for a canter. I got a prompt YES MA'AM. Guess getting tangled scared him lol. After that he was fine.
Then I got on and we did "follow the leader" with Rex following Jill on Mingo. We did a lot of walking, serpentines, leg yields, circles, etc. Then we moved from the dressage arena (was a little deep) to the dirt arena. Picked up the trot and at first it was like a western pleasure trot lol. Then we got to work and he was moving out SO well and was just really comfy. Decided what the hell, I need to get over it and just canter even if this is his first ride in over a month and off property. So we did. Kept picking up the right lead going left. Changed direction and rode that and omg.... just SO freaking nice. Tried for the left again and kept getting the right. Finally brought him back and did like a 10 m circle and out of that did a canter transition and got it and had another lovely canter.
We were both done after that. Its was HOT (and really humid) and we are both out of shape. Though I was proud of myself for working him enough to get him puffing like Dean does so at least I know I wasnt putzing around not doing anything.
OH and this was Rexs first time getting on the new trailer. Ive only been able to use it once a couple of weeks ago with Layla. This ramp is a little steeper than my friends trailer and I had a step up so I wasnt sure how he would be esp with it smelling NEW. But he was EAGAR to go to the trailer and just walked up the ramp, smelled around, I held out a cookie, and on he went. PLUNTY of room. Yay.
I rode Rex again last Saturday. Started off lungeing and he was good. At the end, he did two little head tosses. My girlfriend was riding my mare, Layla, so I figured this was another good time to practice riding him with other horses (he still gets excited with other horses around). We were walking and he was doing really well. Pick up the trot and not even 1/2 way around my field and he does a big toss, almost unseats me. I ask him to move forward but I can feel himself holding himself, like hes waiting for another head shake. I keep asking him to go forward and he just wants to suck back. So I do some little leg yields but he starts contorting himself and getting frazzled. So we go back to the walk. He does the head shake a couple of more times. At this point, I just want him to walk forward. Any time I ask him to walk forward, he tries to jig. Finally get him walking forward (after many pops with the whip) and then he doesnt want to bend left. Finally after just being quietly persistent, I get 1 step of him walking forward, bent left. BIG PATS. And then hes like OOOOH ok. After that, he was perfect. No head shaking. No sucking back. No resistance. We w/t/c both ways. Picked up the wrong lead going left. I went to go around the short side and go across the diagonal but out of the corner he switched for me. Both canters were lovely and really comfy. My girlfriend took my mare back in and I had Rex keep working while she was getting untacked and hosed which again was another good lesson as he REALLY wanted to look at her and go where she was but stayed with me and did as I asked. So really, after the first 10 mins or so of him shaking his head (and compared to before he got hurt, it was VERY minimal) and basically saying "but I dont wanna" he was fine and worked great.
I also have been able to turn all 3 of the horses (Layla, Rex, and my girlfriends gelding, Paddy) out together in the acre next door. Neighbors have this LOVELY acre of grass (used to be part of the 10 acre farm behind me) and said that I could let the horses graze it. I havent been able to as once the grass started coming in is when Rex hurt his leg. When they go over there, of course they run around at first, so I couldnt do that until now.
I agree, ASBJumper your horse is gorgeous. Is he part ASB? I missed that somewhere!
And exvet, I might steal that pony
Well I am back on this thread, not sure for how long. I have a OTTB project via a non-profit I work with, and I have decided to full sponsor him for a while. He was very unhappy at the track, weaving and eating the barn down. He was in 3 races, always last or second to last, he just though the track was stupid. He was gelded on Tuesday and trailered to the barn straight from the track on Saturday. Nearly kicked the trailer apart.
2 days later he is already a different horse. He loves his big 12x24 stall with a window and a wonderful 22 year old gelding as a neighbor he can cuddle. He is not weaving and eating all the hay in sight, already gaining weight. He is waiting to be haltered after being hard to catch, and beginning to lead after trying to run you over and run away. He is brave and curious Yeah, I am a sucker.
Anyway, here he is in our mini- turn out while we work up to the bigger ones. He just looks so happy. The first day he was spinning and calling, second day just walking around and trying to eat grass. Good boy.