Thursday, March 13, 2014

Damn Horse Shoes

So I think Brantley was upset I didn't ride him yesterday and worked with Comic before him because him being the amazing horse he is... Pulled a shoe. Yes, he is way overdue but hopefully the farrier can make a little extra time for him tomorrow. Unfortunately our trusty Jeff is on bed rest due to surgery but he gave us a good reference for this round of shoes. It's a little more expensive but if Jeff says he's good, then I'll trust his judgement. Just as long as he's patient with our ponies I'll be happy. Hopefully snow shoes will no longer be necessary because that's a few extra bucks I don't have.

Worked with Comic again today. He was very good, started on the lunge again but he really had nothing to show me which I'm not complaining about. I was going to wait for Nat to come and ride but A was riding Lucy and I wanted to put Comic in the ring with another horse since that's a concern sometimes. He tends to get a little over excited especially if the other horse is... a little excited. Both horses had no Airs Above Ground moves to be seen. After Lucy's short schooling, A jumped on Comic and had a little go around. It's nice that we can play musical horses.

Tonight is my last night pet-sitting and I love it and the dogs are great, but I honestly can't wait to get home to cuddle with my own pup. He's been down and out every time I come home because he knows I'm going to leave again. He sits in the window with his nose resting on the windowsill watching me back out of the driveway. It's pretty pathetic. The next two sitting gigs I've got coming I can bring him with me which is great because I have a feeling Dad will be out of state again for work and having to leave Chevy at home would be TERRIBLE. He's actually taking off I think this weekend for work so luckily I think it's slow in boarding so the lab can probably come with me to work *fingers crossed*. Need to fix his collar so we can hit the trails with B. I can tell they miss it just as much as I do.

Unfortunately no pictures or videos for this post. But I will leave a copy of an article that I posted on our "Back to Pony Basics" wall on Facebook. It was an article I saw a while ago about body control for barrel racers with Clinton Anderson that I really found interesting and educational. I've worked on stuff like this with the Old Cowboy at Freedom and it really helped my thoroughbred. And let's be honest, who doesn't want to be able to control their WHOLE horse just not parts of them.

A lot of these exercises I've been working with Lucy on trying to get her desentized to leg aids a little because she's so reactive. You'd think we'd want her sensitive right? As I mentioned yesterday, there's a difference between giving and reacting to pressure. She's definitely in the reactive mode. Comic is the opposite where we need to be a little bit more sensitive and supple. Brantley... He just needs to be a bit more supple in his neck and on the bit, the body control will come with that.

Here's the article! Enjoy! (And change barrel racing terms to your discipline, trust me it'll make sense!)


Disclaimer: I'm not too crazy about how flexed CA has his horses but it's the body control concepts I'm looking at.

2 Comments:

At March 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM , Blogger L.Williams said...

One Rein Stops. Everyone should learn them. I used to do rollbacks on the fence with Carlos, it was great. Ramone is just not quite there yet.

 
At March 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Fence work helps reset the brain tremendously (I've noticed). Sometimes it also gets a lazy horse a little revved up which is nice. It's amazing how the exercises effects different horses. The one-rein stop has definitely saved my ass a few times.

 

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Damn Horse Shoes

So I think Brantley was upset I didn't ride him yesterday and worked with Comic before him because him being the amazing horse he is... Pulled a shoe. Yes, he is way overdue but hopefully the farrier can make a little extra time for him tomorrow. Unfortunately our trusty Jeff is on bed rest due to surgery but he gave us a good reference for this round of shoes. It's a little more expensive but if Jeff says he's good, then I'll trust his judgement. Just as long as he's patient with our ponies I'll be happy. Hopefully snow shoes will no longer be necessary because that's a few extra bucks I don't have.

Worked with Comic again today. He was very good, started on the lunge again but he really had nothing to show me which I'm not complaining about. I was going to wait for Nat to come and ride but A was riding Lucy and I wanted to put Comic in the ring with another horse since that's a concern sometimes. He tends to get a little over excited especially if the other horse is... a little excited. Both horses had no Airs Above Ground moves to be seen. After Lucy's short schooling, A jumped on Comic and had a little go around. It's nice that we can play musical horses.

Tonight is my last night pet-sitting and I love it and the dogs are great, but I honestly can't wait to get home to cuddle with my own pup. He's been down and out every time I come home because he knows I'm going to leave again. He sits in the window with his nose resting on the windowsill watching me back out of the driveway. It's pretty pathetic. The next two sitting gigs I've got coming I can bring him with me which is great because I have a feeling Dad will be out of state again for work and having to leave Chevy at home would be TERRIBLE. He's actually taking off I think this weekend for work so luckily I think it's slow in boarding so the lab can probably come with me to work *fingers crossed*. Need to fix his collar so we can hit the trails with B. I can tell they miss it just as much as I do.

Unfortunately no pictures or videos for this post. But I will leave a copy of an article that I posted on our "Back to Pony Basics" wall on Facebook. It was an article I saw a while ago about body control for barrel racers with Clinton Anderson that I really found interesting and educational. I've worked on stuff like this with the Old Cowboy at Freedom and it really helped my thoroughbred. And let's be honest, who doesn't want to be able to control their WHOLE horse just not parts of them.

A lot of these exercises I've been working with Lucy on trying to get her desentized to leg aids a little because she's so reactive. You'd think we'd want her sensitive right? As I mentioned yesterday, there's a difference between giving and reacting to pressure. She's definitely in the reactive mode. Comic is the opposite where we need to be a little bit more sensitive and supple. Brantley... He just needs to be a bit more supple in his neck and on the bit, the body control will come with that.

Here's the article! Enjoy! (And change barrel racing terms to your discipline, trust me it'll make sense!)

CLICK ME!

Disclaimer: I'm not too crazy about how flexed CA has his horses but it's the body control concepts I'm looking at.