Saturday, November 9, 2013

Side Reins

Our lesson yesterday was postponed until today. But that is fine as I was able to paint the garage. And let me just tell you... THAT was WAY scarier than anything Dan has thrown at me yet. Eeeekks.... Look at this though... The 16' ladder wasn't tall enough so I had to get a 24' ladder. And reach to the very top. I was terrified!
 So Bring it Baby horse!! ;) 

He was good though. We had our lesson the day after. I lunged him briefly in the jump ring while Peri was finishing her lesson and he was pretty good. So we put the side reins on, as loose as they could go. He was good going to the left and much fussier going to the right. So Aunty Beth decided that if he was fine enough with them to snort and fuss and bunny hop, we could tighten them up a bit. He settled into them and was fine. And they are still super loose. But man, does he look fancy!!!

Oh, and I put Fleck's figure 8 bridle on him. Just because. I wanted to see if it fit. And it did!!! I had to tighten it up, but it fit. And that is a mix of horse and oversized!! 

Anyways, I was super proud of him. He was a bit of a turd when Peri and her mare left. He did that whole thing where he would trot around but as soon as he hit the section near the exit, he'd bolt out and try to get off the circle and then go backwards. It took about 8 - 12 circles but we finally convinced him he had to keep going forward and then he behaved himself quite nicely. He's so funny. Tantrum, tantrum, tantrum... oh, you win? Okay.. and then he's perfect. Babies! We even did some cantering and he was getting the hang of it. We were in the corner by the woods, where even the big horses spook. And of course, Danny got excited. BUT... at one point he spooked and was coming right at me. He decided to "spook" again and go around me. SMART baby!!! See, he's learning :) 

Then I hopped on for about 3 minutes. He was good. Still a bit fussy, but he's getting the hang of my seat aides already even!! He's been transitioning within walk, trot, and halt with just voice aids and maybe a soft squeezing of my hands. But now, he's doing it without the voice aids - so just leg and a soft squeeze. But tonight, he did it just from my seat changes!! 

I'm SOOOOOOOO sooooo excited about him. Beth and I were giggling as he was being a maniac and showing off on the lunge line. She laughed and said I was going to have my hands full. I told her I did say I wanted more spunk! Then I said "But think how much fun he's going to be to run prelim"! She laughed and said "First you have to survive BN"! hee hee..

I love this kid!

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