Yay I finally got the 5.5" French link snaffle! How does it look (above picture)? He did not want to put it on, but I'd put sugar on it so he was fine once it was in his mouth. He chewed on it some at first because it's different and he hasn't worn a bit in a long time. Aside from that he was fine. Here are the ride stats.
It couldn't find the GPS at first so the time is correct, but the distance may be a little less than what we actually did. He was being very barn sour at first. He did not want to go to the back pasture and was weaving back and forth. Once we were back there he stopped being balky and did pretty well. I was getting frustrated because he could NOT move in a straight line and kept throwing his shoulders all over the place. I can't wait to take lessons so I can figure out how to control those shoulders.
When I realized I was getting frustrated I stopped him and then sat there breathing for a little while. Then I started just randomly riding around the whole back pasture instead of trying to stay in the arena. Then we did some cantering! It was the most cantering we've done in the back pasture before and he did not feel out of control at all. :D I even cantered him from the back all the way to the front, which I've never done before (lots of obstacles). He's such a good boy, there is just so much he (we) still need(s) to learn.
At one point I was trotting him around a corner in the arena and he started to canter. I wish I had let him go because he was probably on the right lead and he almost never picks up the right lead! However me, being me, reacted and brought him back to a trot. I have to get rid of that knee jerk reaction. The good news is he did not throw his head up like he did with the other bit!!! That's great news! It will take a few more rides before I know for sure what he thinks of it.
Here are some snapshots from the video. I'm having trouble getting the twenty minute video (that shows the majority of the ride) off of hubby's phone so I can't share it right now.
Cantering in the pasture! Yay!!!
That trot!!!!! I love it!
Here are some more random photos from when we were getting ready for the ride.
He looks tall because I'm slouching against him hehe.
Here are some of the man behind the scenes hehe.
All my boys! Love them!
Well that's all for this short post. I hope you enjoyed the pictures. Since the weather appears to be straightening up some I should get to ride more this coming week. I hope so anyway because I'm beginning to feel like a weekend warrior! 8o
P.S. I made a new banner. What do you think of it?