Today was an interesting ride! I rode in the pasture again because I wanted hubby to get some better cantering videos. I started out warming him up at a walk...
Before we even warmed up he already wanted a drink hehe. I don't mind. I want him to know drinking is a good thing and besides I got a picture for you guys this time!
While warming up I could immediately tell he was feeling sparky. He walked slow for all of two minutes and then he was zooming around like he had rockets under his tail. He immediately wanted to trot. I could tell he remembered our high speed ride a few days ago lol. He listened and stayed at a walk while we warmed up though.
Please ignore my position in the pictures and video. I'm soooo out of practice!! He looks awesome though!
When we started trotting I immediately lost my steering again and had to do some flexing to remind him to listen.... I can't wait to start teaching him to ride in the bit. I really wanted to train him bitless, but I just have no idea how to make him soft in the bridle without a bit... we need lessons sooooo bad!!! Eight years without lessons is entirely too long!
Zep is still around... and refusing to shed out his winter coat lol. Donkeys are soooo slow compared to horses.
This shows me losing his shoulder! I have to teach him how to move his shoulders around. I really need lessons so someone on the ground can yell at me to engage my core, get my elbow back, close my hand and point my toe forward. If I rode better he would probably steer better.
Next we have the cantering video (sorry no pictures, didn't think about it).
If you watched it to the end you'll see that he got a little excited and started to crow hop (and my reins were too long!!!), but I was able to pull him out of it. He definitely loves the faster speed! Since he's getting too excited I'm going to stop cantering for a little while and work on our trot some more. I'm very happy he's so willing to canter, but we need more steering before we do much more cantering.
After the crow hopping I was a little shook up (not sure why after watching the video), but my hubby told me to go again or I would lose my nerve and not want to canter again. I asked him to trot toward the back of the pasture and without me asking he looped around trying to come back to the front of the pasture. When I tried to get him to stop he sped up and took off with me... at the trot... yeah he didn't break out of the trot, but it still felt totally out of control. I had to run him into a corner to stop him. WTH Chrome!! So yeah we need a lot more trot work and stop work and steering work before we do anymore cantering.
After he "took off" with me I was a little pissed (but didn't take it out on him), so I took him to the front yard and trotted him... and trotted and trotted and trotted and trotted to teach him that he's only allowed to canter when I tell him to canter and to teach him he has to trot when and where I say to trot. I've totally let him get away with being a spoiled brat and it's time to remind him that I make the decisions. So I trotted him up and down the driveways and through the yard, making him stop when I said and turn when I said. He actually did really well once he realized we weren't cantering again. So since I was shaken I knew I had to canter again or I'd be scared of it again. I started trotting up the driveway and he tried to duck off the side. I circled him and made him trot straight up the driveway again. The little shit did it again!!!! Ducking out is such an annoying evasion! I kicked him hard and made him trot again. Then I asked him to canter up the driveway toward the road and he did... it was perfect. Green horses are so confusing and frustrating. We need lessons so bad lol.
Overall it was a good ride... it was just a reminder that he is still very green. I've been riding him for two years, but he's only had 53 rides in those two years. That's not a lot of riding. Not to mention 90% of those rides were walk only. So it's time to get to work on actually training the dingbat instead of goofing off.
After the ride we were both happy and getting along, so I'm not upset with how it went. It ended on a good note (we spent some time discussing that stand still means STAND STILL!) with him obedient and me not scared so that's fine with me. I just need to stop letting him get away with the small stuff because he thinks he gets to call the shots. That's probably why he's so nervous on the road because I've just been a passenger. Well no more! I'm the driver now Chrome!
Spoiled brat actually had to sweat. The ride was only forty minutes, but it was more trotting than we normally do and it was HOT! I also noticed after I unsaddled him that he had a dry mark where there was a wrinkle in the saddle pad! Oops! Poor guy. :( I might need to switch back to the other one. The white one I've been using is built more forward than the saddle so it doesn't fit quite right. I'll probably go back to my square pad. Also after the ride I tied him up and made him stand. I think the evasions are because he thinks the sooner the ride ends the sooner he can graze in the yard. So he's no longer getting to graze after our rides. Grazing can happen before or a lot later after the ride.
I think that was everything.... I'm writing this a lot later after the ride than normal. After the ride I was mucking out the barn and wrenched my back.... AGAIN!!! I can barely walk and sitting is torture (I'm writing this laying down)... I really hope it's feeling better tomorrow. This sucks having back problems again. I need to start working out or stretching or something. Well that's all for now. I need sleep!