April 20, 2017

I’m not the most consistent blogger, but here is what we’ve been up to:

First update:  I've become a Qualified Instructor for Connection Training.  This means that for the next year I'm going to be working with other horses and people so that I can become better at what...

March 14, 2016

Yay the time change means more daylight when I go to the barn late!  I am so tired of trying to avoid ice and mud in the dark!  A flashlight only helps so much.

 

Our dressage lesson was today.  We did "square corners" and I had to introduce a new cue.  She doesn't...

March 10, 2016

After the issue the other day I tried to be a bit more flexible this time. 

 

Instead of boring Aslan with a bunch of transition circles this time, I let him do the more intricate work.  I think I will keep flipping it like this so he doesn't anticipate dull lessons.   O...

March 6, 2016

We had a day and a half where no one showed up, so I had to do more groundwork.  I taught him some shoulder in.  As predicted, I can ask from his left side and get a pretty good shoulder in on three tracks.  Ask on his right however and he wants to walk away from the w...

January 25, 2016

For a month we've been working on go and steer - this is usually pretty good, he just doesn't go straight.  It's like riding a drunk horse, especially if I do yield of the shoulders or hindquarters.  He then really wiggles when he walks, and tries to offer those behavi...

January 14, 2016

Leg Yielding: Now that Aslan is getting better at the ground cue to go sideways, I decided that it was time to try under saddle.  

 

When I mounted and asked, he actually understood and offered a step or two sideways.  This really excited me, so jackpot! I even saw him d...

January 11, 2016

Now that I've been able to work in the saddle with him, things are progressing nicely.  I've had to work harder on "steering" as well as "go".  It seems difficult to work on both, because he gets very focused on the steering and slows down.  Or if I ask him to go, he m...

December 6, 2015

The saddle will be here soon, I'm dying to get on and ride again, but I don't have a good enough seat to risk riding in a bareback pad again.  I'm not scared or anything, but he has shown he is capable of bolting quite quickly and I simply don't have the strength of se...

December 1, 2015

 I did a lot of riding in November on the bareback pad.  We played with cones and going forward and bending.  Unfortunately one day he spooked and I rolled of his back and landed hard; since I'm just using a bareback pad.  He was being really relaxed and quiet and I le...