5451Bridle-less Challenge (was Re: Progress Reports?)
- Jan 9, 2007So ... is ANYONE else training for this challenge?
--- In WestKingdomEQ@yahoogroups.com, "la3luna" <la3luna@...> wrote:
> First of all ...Happy New Year!
> How is everyone doing with the horsemanship challenge? I.e. the
> bridle-less/reinless challenge. I figure most of us have been
> off and on through the Holidays the weather has been decent
> As we move into this Challenge I thought we could keep up and/or
> each other through on-line progress reports. So here is Velvet's.
> Velvet is still such a sleepy-baby in the brain, typical draft
> mentality. She understands the "Heads" pattern pretty good and is
> to an easy canter on a 25' course. No lead changes though. So I am
> thinking I'll be able to ride her advanced right out of the gate
> spring. (Note I said "ride" and not "compete" LOL!). She is
> trying to get used to moving "at speed" under saddle and will
> up a volley of bucking leaps when we move into a hand gallop.
> too horrific, just immaturity and it seems that she is a bit
> about motoring into high gear. So I am trying to ease her into
> working at speed, as I don't want her developing any bad habits.
> She is coming alone quite nicely on her solo leg and seat aids (at
> the walk). So far we have just been playing at this during cool
> downs. There are holes in her work of course. Simple changes of
> directions are coming along nicely, so are her upward transitions.
> She sucks at the halt and that concerns me - I am going to keep it
> real simple for her. As long as my arena stays quiet and she can
> focused on my aids, she does well. And in all honesty, she is so
> young and green that I am not expecting much this early into
> her for the challenge.
> All in all I don't think I could as for a nicer equine student. At
> times I have to kick myself into remembering that she is only 3
> Our next chunk of work is building up her fitness level again. She
> was sore (in the back) after her first 60 days of being backed
> and "broke" in the round pen. So her last few months have been
> sporadic work to let her physically recover - and also to let
> early lessons mentally soak in a bit. So after we get her fitness
> back up I am thinking about doing what I did with Jester; teaching
> simple western movements (like rollbacks) to get her working off
> haunches and adding in dressage patterns to keep her mind
> She is a work in progress and after all it's about that journey
> So how are y'all coming along? Anyone been playing with this or am
> the only fool out there with red ears and cheeks this winter?
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