Thursday, June 5, 2014
Sorry no pictures. It was threatening to rain, so I left the camera inside. It was actually kind of nice though because it was cloudy and breezy for my ride... now it's 800 degrees again. Good timing!! I rode bareback for about twenty five minutes. This was our first ride with the bit.
I just rode around the yard and a little bit on the road out front because he's due for a trim and the asphalt helps with break over if nothing else. I need to call my trimmer. I wish I could do it myself, but my back won't hold up to it.
Speaking of my back. I woke up with it feeling tight this morning, so I took some more ibuprofen and I was totally fine for the ride. Mounting (swinging on bareback from the bumper of my car) was a little uncomfortable, but once mounted I was fine. We only walked with two short trots.
I haven't ridden bareback in so long it felt weird lol. I thought he was off on his right front at first... I'm still not totally sure. By the end of the ride he was walking out evenly on both sides. I think the short stepping (not limping) was either from being due for a trim, soft soles from over a week of rain or maybe his sweet itch. It is BAD this year. He is covered in raw sores. :( It makes me want to cry. I've noticed when he's itchy he gets a lot more balky and walks funny because he wants to reach down and chew. This exact thing happened last year. I'm going to try the claritin. If anyone has any other home remedies for stopping itchiness I would really appreciate hearing them. I'm willing to try anything at this point. The neem oil helped a lot, but didn't prevent it completely and my bottle has gone bad so I'm waiting on more to get here. I really need suggestions for treating the sores and relieving the itching he already has. I used desitin one year, but it doesn't stop the itch so he just rubs it off.
Anyway back to the ride. I had his noseband really loose, but he didn't chew very much at all. I think it's much more comfortable for him now that his teeth have been floated. He doesn't bite on the metal anymore and just moves it around with his tongue a little. He picked up the steering really quick! He was still heavy at times, but I think he's figuring out that pulling and bracing are no fun with a bit in his mouth. He can't just bully his way through it like he did with the sidepull.
Out on the road we practiced walking back and forth in front of the house. He wanted to go back home to graze and scratch and hide from the flies so he was weaving back and forth, but it was so much easier to keep him straight with the bit. After a few corrections he gave up and walked straight. In the sidepull he wouldn't give up. He just kept weaving back and forth until we turned around.
We also worked on whoa and I trotted once (to see if he was limping and he wasn't). I worked on small circles the width of the road and it was great! He had his head down and was giving in his jaw which he's never done! He always braced through his jaw (usually counter bent) without a bit. So I'm pretty excited to start working on all of this stuff now!! I hope to be able to go back to the sidepull someday when he's softer and more supple, but for now the bit is fine.
Everyone keep your fingers crossed I get this job I'm applying for so I can have extra spending money for lessons! I'm dying to start taking lessons again. :)