9/16- Tuesday Lesson
So I think this may be my last groundwork lesson that I take for awhile. The reason being is that it is really important for me to start riding more again, so I need to pay for riding lessons with Astrid as opposed to the groundwork lessons. I need to shift my goals to ride as many different horses as I can, in order to get comfortable in the saddle again. Astrid told me this day that I need to start thinking about my action plan for riding this horse again, and she is right. I haven’t necessarily been dragging my feet because I know we still have work to do, but I also know that if I do not start making a plan, I will have a good halter horse and not attempt to do much else!
So we worked Chief on the ground naked and under saddle. He was really relaxed. I am FINALLY reading him in a way that I can calm him down once he gets agitated, on the ground that is. No bucks this lesson, and the only thing he has got in a weird habit of doing is ticking his head like he is trying to get a fly when he is on a circle. I just ask him to move out and keep it moving. Part of me can’t help but think he is a bit of a headcase. LOL which is by no means his fault… But he does some weird stuff sometimes. I have been working on getting him to slow instead of running into his circles which he is beginning to do really well too.
And I took a pony ride on him. Meaning Astrid lead him around on a long lead and I walked in circles around her on his back with a saddle on. He was very relaxed and really could have given a crap at that moment. It is so funny how sometimes he just is the most relaxed horse in the world vs the most reactive horse in the world. I am hoping I am teaching him how to be the latter. When I was walking around on his back I actually felt really emotional.
9/17- Poop Shoveling- Shoveled da poo all night long.
9/18 Light halter work. Nothing new to report, and I can actually barely remember the evening! Clearly I am slacking.
9/20- Light Ring work with Chief. I worked him in the arena and on the grass. He was good on both. It was evening ish, I did not saddle him, but he did good work and I could tell he was really trying. I was pretty on point with my direction as well. He was minorly distracted by Puck in the field, but nothing unmanageable.
9/21- In the AM I rode my girlfriend Agata’s horse Note. It was really nice. I just walk trotted her around, and she was really good. Very light to the leg and cantered from a walk when I barely touched her. LOL so that was different. We did some easy work for about 35 mins and Agata helped correct my arm position and told me since I was so light with her, I could ride her whenever I like if she was around. How sweet is that??? 🙂 I have really great friends.
That evening, after a quick trip to the beach with my fam, Chief and I did some Groundwork Naked and Under Saddle. Astrid swung by while I was in ring already and commented that Chief looked really good. I couldn’t help but feel happy for the two of us. Chief had a lot of observers. 3 people were hanging around watching and chit chatting. Chief was a little distracted and definitely nervous when I saddled him but he walked off great and performed so well. I made sure to tell him he was a superstar. Initially when I asked him to trot without saddle he gave me a little buck… pretty much a hop. But I corrected him and asked again. The rest of the night he was fine and willing.