Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We Do The Water

Post-ride and post-rain storm.
I've noticed that I only really drive Spud when the weather is good - meaning sunny, warm, and dry. There isn't much wrong with that other than the fact that it doesn't really prepare Spud for hacking out in the rain. You'd think that it wouldn't make much of a difference to most horses, but some take great offense to getting hot and sweaty when it's raining and having water droplets drizzle into their ears. I figured it would be a fantastic schooling opportunity to get him out in the rain, as well as schooling some water hazard practice. With it being so hot and dry lately, there isn't much out there for water crossings or puddles.

 Spud was really great during the hack out - I played a bit more with his collected trot and lengthen. He really doesn't understand the concept of collecting, or why he has to keep pushing off his hocks but go slow. He figured it out pretty well, though. I also found he was starting to settle more into the contact - he'll fight it for a few strides and if I just stay constant and soft, he stays with me.

We trekked through a few puddles, at both the walk AND trot... GO PONY GO! The first few puddles he stopped, lowered his head and snuffled at the water before walking on. With the trot, he'd lower his head and let his lips touch the water while he trotted through.

It did start to pour on us, and he seemed pretty unphased by it, which is good. I have noticed that he shakes his head during the trotting and wasn't sure if it was due to his hair - which is why he got a stylin' do for the hack. It didn't seem to improve or worsen, so I've ordered a ear net to see if that will help him. It isn't disturbing to him and it isn't violent - in fact, no one really notices it but me. Just one of those quirks, but I'd like to see if I can help him out a bit. He is quite sensitive about his ears being touched regardless, so perhaps the wind and such floating down his ear canals bothers him.



The rest of the hack was uneventful, save for when we started to head home. Spud decided it'd be a great time to keep breaking into trot despite me wanting him to walk. He got a great dose of "NO" from me, and he worked quite well after a very minor hissy fit. He did, however, become a bit of a piss-head while we were trotting back home.... He likes to try and evade the contact when he gets pissy and will literally curl his head into his knees and cock his head to the right. I did a lot of "give and take" with him to get his head unfurled but also keeping his pace even.

It took a little while, but he settled back to me and I was able to work with him again. He kind of floated between that "I'm DONE" and "Ok fine I'll work with you" mode. I realize he is green, but it's time that the ante is upped. Unfortunately for him, it's time to grow up and that includes becoming more of a "Yes ma'am" pony. Sorry, bud!

Also, Soooozie says "Hi"!

13 comments:

  1. Video won't play for me :'(

    Food for thought - Do they make mini-size ear bonnets? My BO's endurance mare HATES when her ears are wet (whether from rain or snow). She alternates between pinning them as flat as she can or doing head shakes (especially at trot or canter) similar to what you described. Using ear bonnets on her completely remedies it. They might be of some use to Spudlet.

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    1. Oh no :(
      The video is pretty similar to the one I had on snapchat, though, so you aren't missing much haha.

      And yes - I am having one custom made for him :)

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  2. Again, gorgeous where you live. So different than Oklahoma. I love getting to see other bloggers' scenery. So is this ultimately for fun? or will you compete. And I'm right there with ya, with asking for more...

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    1. Thank you Allie - we have a lot of mountains in BC :)

      And I want to compete him this year at the Fall Fair. Hoping to do more showing too, later on in his driving career. I want him more solid and more... competitive before I fork out the cash to haul to more prestigious shows.

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  3. Look at all the beautiful green! Suzie is a lucky girl. Bridget is with Spud in the 'time to grow up' phase too. It's hard, but the results will be worth it!

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    1. It is SO green here right now! All the trails are overgrown, haha.

      And yes... ugh. It's so frustrating to fight with him, but I can't necessarily blame him for fighting... I haven't upped the ante on him yet so it's "new" and difficult for him.

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  4. He is so adorable in his little braid!

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  5. What a beautiful trail. Also Spud is adorable!

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    1. It's quite a nice hacking trail - very firm but forgiving terrain!

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  6. Sounds like Spud did very well. Always good to get the used to all the different weather situations. Good for you and him.

    Hello Suzie, good to see you!

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