Friday, April 25, 2014

Love his work ethic!

Oh Danny boy.... such a good kid!

I had a jump lesson with Fleck and took Danny with us to work with him. After I rode Fleck, I took Dan out of the trailer, where he had sat patiently...oh, he's so good! I groomed him and went ahead and put the saddle on him and his bridle and we went to the ring. 

As we got to the ring, a metal trailer came down the drive and made a huge ruckus! Danny got super excited and was like "WHAT Is that?!?!". He spun to look at it and did a few little rears. But he didn't get too rowdy and was easy to maintain control of. I was even able to get him to yield his shoulder and his hind end. And while he was still looking at the trailer, he listened. Then he settled down and we set off to work. The horse then unloaded from the trailer, making another ruckus. Dan looked up and started, but continued to work through. 

I was so proud!!! Any horse, Fleck included, would have started at the noise. And Danny was a little rowdy, but then went right to work. So proud of him!

We lunged and worked on crouching tiger, which he's just about got down pat. We did lots of changes in gait and changes in direction. Then we did some work in the side reins. hee hee. He definitely has an opinion on those, but man is he pretty when he really reaches into that connection! We also did a few steps of canter without the side reins. He's getting it. He understands the upward transition cue but just can't/won't hold the canter.  But that's okay. At least he's not bolting off anymore. :)

He didn't even work up a sweat. Egads.. maybe he's already too fit! ;)

More ponying... different views

I decided to take Fleck to the horse park for a ride today and Dan was hanging out at the gate begging to come, so I took him too. 
 We got there and both boys were groomed. It was starting to drizzle/spit, but what the heck. We are here, might as well. It actually didn't do much more than mist, so we were fine. Both boys were pretty darn good. We even jumped the double logs back by the parking lot. Although I did lose Dan the first time over! Doh... He jumped a little more left than Fleck and there was a pole sticking up so I had to let go of the rope. But we caught him just fine and went back over it and he was great. :) 

A good fun day. I think we logged 3.9 miles today. Not too much, but I don't want Danny TOO fit before I start riding him again. ;) 
 I know this is Fleck... but Danny was too busy chomping on the trees. ;)

Ponying Again... because I'm too lazy to long line

Sad... but true! I've been so busy and I just haven't had the time, or the energy to do some serious long lining. And he's been so good about ponying, so... ponying we go. 

We went on a 3.2 mile ride today and both boys were great! We did a good bit of trotting too. Danny was a bit tired at the end but that might have been from a bit of playing around. ;) 

It was a good day with both my boys. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Down bank success

So... Dan and I went for a pony ride with Fleck. Danny was pretty good. I didn't have too much time so we didn't do a ton, but we had fun. We finished in the XC field so I decided that since we were there, I should see if I could pony Dan down the down bank into the water. He tends to be just fine for down banks and just fine for going into the water, but trying to go down the bank into the water confuses him. 

So we went into the water and up the bank and he was fine. Then we turned around and tried to go down it. Fleck and I did, and Danny stayed up top. It took a few minutes and some encouragement but he eventually pawed and then hopped down. Yay!! Lots of praise. And right back to it. The second time took a little bit less time and by the third time he only hesitated briefly! Yay!!! Lots of praise. 

And he stood quite nicely for his hoof picking today. :)