|5:30AM feeding by car lights and a whole lotta rain....|
Ignore the mess of hay; the bale was too heavy for me to lift
so I just left it there and took flakes when needed.
We hacked to the riding arena and I immediately felt pretty good with her responsiveness to the spurs and how quiet she seemed. In the arena, it took a bit to get her attention and she seemed relatively quite hot. I had to really half-halt the crap out of her and reallllly concentrate on my posting so she wouldn't speed up. She just felt super bracey in the face and any amount of leg sent her forward with so much bursting impulsion that I had to re-check her and bring her back down to earth and start over.
|Hacking out, Tally-Cam!|
After some rigorous flat work I worked on some jumping - she was quiet, cool and level-headed. Someone had made some X-counter jumps (a log and tire jump) in the meadow by the ring so I took advantage of that. She did take off after a jump at one point and I just sat back, half-halted and RODE HER ASS to the next fence and she did really, really well and I pretty much didn't hear a peep from her again during the next few sets of the jumps. She cooled out on a buckle rein all the way home and was quiet going back into her pen.
Tonight she will be lunged and tomorrow (weather permitting) is a jump schooling with a bunch of friends. Let's hope the weather clears up and I have a good ride! Lastnight's ride wasn't perfect, but we made some small, miniscule progress, which is always a plus. I cannot blame Tally, mostly because she is a horse that needs to be ridden more than 1-2x a week, and with my hectic work schedule, I just cannot provide that to her, which is frustrating for both of us.
|I love that she is driving him outside of the arena; exposing him to all kinds of things!|
I want him to be able to cross water, go through mud, drive past barking dogs, step over hoses, navigate around feed buckets, etc. It may look like a cluttered disaster, but I actually love the idea of exposing a horse like the way she is... Obviously, more reactive horses would do better in a controlled environment, but little Spudley is just kicking ass at being a harness pony and from what I've seen in the videos, photos, etc, he just doesn't give a shit. And I prefer my horses bombproof; I don't need a horse that spooks at a basketball hoop, kids screaming or barking dogs. It is a reality in the world (especially driving along the roads) and I need my future driving pony (and riding horse) to literally shrug their shoulders and say, "I'm bored."
|Such a good, good little mini!|