If you recall, Princess Shiny was having sassy maritude problem last week.
I really felt like it was attitude and not a physical problem, but you never really know that for sure, right? So I let her take the lead for a few days. Wednesday I let her spend the entire ride trotting. 30 minutes of trotting. It was boring. But she didn't kick out! She gave me some attitude if I asked for more trot, sometimes blatantly ignored me, and occasionally tried to drop down to the walk. I'm calling it a "Compromise Ride" as we both gave an awful lot but neither of us fully got what we wanted. The next evening I suggested canter, but didn't demand it. She offered it up one direction but not the other. I accepted that answer, but made her really work at the trot. So I won a little, but not all the way. And same for her. Mares. You gotta give to get some days. On Friday, I kept the pressure off at the trot, letting her plod around with her head up if she wanted, but I demanded the canter both directions. She complained, yes, but she did it.
Normally Saturdays are our jump school days. I was on the fence whether I wanted to jump, but I know how much she enjoys it. I thought skipping it might not help our cause so I decided to do something a little different this Saturday. I set up some very small gymnastics for her with the plan to just work on those. The "jumps" were so teeny they wouldn't stress her body but they should get her mind working and focused on something. (Pivo and I had a little disagreement this day and I somehow recorded nothing, but thankfully I had propped the ipad up in the barn for backup video.)I've never actually taken her through any gymnastics. She may have done them prior to moving here, who knows? I'm calling these her first gymnastics though, and she was great! She went right through everything I pointed her at. After going back and forth through the one stride a bunch of times I decided to play a little with some direct lines across the diagonal "jumps". Just for fun and to see how she'd react to something a little different than she's used to. Again, the obstacles were itty bitty so she could easily step over if things didn't go well. But she just locked right on and went right through. Total star! She wasn't super motivated, and there was a lot of breaking to the trot when we weren't aimed at fences. But I was so thrilled her with efforts over jumps I didn't get too demanding. Sunday we took a bareback toodle and then grazed for awhile. I think the easier week capped off with the easy day was just what she needed as her attitude has been improved so far this week. Thank goodness!
Not a whole lot to report this week really. I'm still waiting on doc to come see Pammon, but he does seem to be walking a bit better, so hopefully whatever he did is on the mend? We've been walking in the mornings before work.
Eros has actually been a good dude this week. Though, funny story... He likes to spook by the pine tree next to the ring. I've been streaming "How I Met Your Mother" on my phone while I ride from my phone. I just leave it in my pocket and listen while we work. I let it play through the phone speakers. Anyway, he was being super relaxed last night, and JUST as I was about to canter past the scary tree (most days we come back to trot past that area but I was feeling brave), the people on the show started screaming. Scared the poo out of poor Eros! Lol. My bad. Thankfully he was over it quickly and it didn't mess with the rest of our ride. We're still plugging away at our trot poles, though this one time he wasn't paying attention...
Maybe I'll stick to posting for now. Here's the longer video of our ride from that day.
And Shiny... Oh Shiny. We're going through something. I'm not sure what exactly. I can't decide if I need to back off and let her have an easy week, or if I need to push through and get after her. Here's what's been happening.
We did a jump school over the weekend that wasn't stellar. It wasn't bad. It just wasn't great.
From watching the videos I KNOW I'm a significant part of the problem. But we're definitely going through some stuff. On my end, I'm for sure pulling too much, and locking up my elbows. I know this about me. Always been a thing. (I'm trying to fix it! It's just taking some time...)
But on Shiny's end we have a few issues. Her responses to my aids are... intermittent. If that makes sense. Like, she does listen fairly well to a half halt, but at the same time, I have trouble pulling her up. So I can slow down, but I can't stop. And the leg? She listens well to my leg, but only when we're jumping. On the flat? Psh. Forget it. She's always been lazy and a bit obstinate. But lately she's just giving me the equine finger. And last night she flat out refused to canter. I did finally get some canter out of her, but she was kicking out any time I put my leg on to keep her going. I palpated all over her back when I got off and she's completely non-reactive. Legs all look good. So I don't think it's a physical issue. I think she's just feeling a little sour. I'm just not sure if I need to be assertive and get through this, or if I need to back off a little and get her in a better head space. Mares. They're so tricky! We went through almost the same thing last year, but I honestly don't remember what got us through it.
Here are some clips from our jump school. I just strung together the actual jumps so you can't really see our issues here. But they're really not jumping related I don't think. She definitely enjoys that part!
And because I am not one to hide the ugly, please enjoy this clip of me not trusting we'd make it out of this line... (From two angles)
So that's what the tall kids have been up to this week! The short kids are doing well. They haven't done anything fun in awhile because it's been too hot for puggers to play outside. It's starting to cool off already though, so we'll get back to playing outside soon. Artie and I celebrated our 7th anniversary on Friday! Seven years with him! I hope we get at least 7 more.
And the last bit of news... Remember the Celeris boots I reserved at xmas time but didn't order until May? Well... they're on a plane right now!!!! I CANNOT WAIT FOR THEM TO GET HERE!!!! Look:
I know! Amazing. So unicorn. I've been tracking them like 100 times a day.
And that's really it from here this week. How about you guys? Horses being agreeable? Any thoughts on when to push and when to back off?
Saddle Pad: FSS