Sunday, May 31, 2009
We just took off from yesterday and worked the giravolta into leg yield and then into a trot transition. Played with the giravolta into shoulder-in and that made him so much lighter into my hand...nice. The trot work was really *considered* and not rushing and we tried a little giravolta in the trot, perhaps we are on an ascending line on the graph again, hope so.
Friday, May 29, 2009
This water lily just doesn't look real it's almost too perfect.
Moralejo was chilled in spite of flies and the wind, I really can't believe how cool actually. He actually stopped twice when annoyed by horse flies and I dismounted, made the kill and remounted with zero fuss on his part. Worked lots in walk due to the heat and got some great leg yield after working first with the giravolta....took that forward to the trot and he was very light in my hand so I now need to add another pinch of that spice in my regular work.
Chapiro is hating the serious flies that have now arrived; dosed him up with Butox spinal pour on (another cattle product) and he was much more comfortable going out tonight.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thierry cut ours today and so here's hoping it stays dry for a few days!!
Didn't work my boys as I was over at Estelle's today. Her Danish cremello stallion is looking great and worked really well. I got to see a gorgeous palamino foal he has just produced (well actually the mare did most of the work, lol) and a spectacular coloured that one of her other stallions sired...I love babies, especially other peoples.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I don't usually *do* birthdays. Like riding I find the less one expects the less room there is for disappointment. However, I hadn't allowed for the enthusiasm of an eight year old and so flowers, birthday banner and my carefully wrapped gifts, one bought from a recent vide-grenier (think junk fair) and a hand-crafted, by Lydia, painted pasta bracelet and all this before 7.30am.
I have now been wined and dined; ginger pan-fried fish, mussels in black bean sauce to name but two dishes taken at the delightfully named *Pagode Celeste* in Limoges. Too stuffed and squiffy to ride so I put the boys back out and walked the dogs.
If I have recovered my brain by tonight I may post horsey stuff, lots in my head.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Had a good day with Moo and played canters up the field, he got a tad excited, bless, he was lovely.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Being offline last night I'm a bit ('scuse that) behind. Yesterday we worked more on up and together and played with some different ideas.
Firstly I changed bits from the copper, loose ring, french link to an eggbutt, dropped cheek (aka fillis baucher/hanging cheek) snaffle. Now the beauty of this bit is the *steadiness* that it offers. The eggbutt can't pinch or chaffe, the hanging cheek stops the tongue taking too much of the weight (attach one to your bridle and look how it sits outside of the mouth) and for some reason the direct *nutcracker* action of the single joint snaffle seems to suit Moralejo. I imagine that's why we had success with the fulmered single jointed snaffle. So he preferred the bit, I think!
Next out of the tool box was the effet d'ensemble, link to the previous blog post on this topic http://lionhearthorses.blogspot.com/search/label/effet%20d%27ensemble
Around about 25 seconds on the video above we are working on the effet d'ensemble and it was incredibly *lifting* and brought him together. Still some head movement but not as much and generally quite pleasing.
Please excuse the lack of sports bra, LOL, somewhat of an oversight due to the warm weather!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Well today I managed to actually video 20 minutes from the fence post. I've edited it so it's not too long and it's warts (well mostly warts) and all. We have done the stretching down bit and now the telling time....to bring him back up. Only little bits of up, still lots of stretching down and using some opening of the shoulders and of course the higher hand to bring his balance rearwards if he starts to rest on my hands.
It's going to be a long journey and I've been at this point before with him but not much beyond it; so the next few months will be interesting. I hope I can get through the unsteady head :-( and the lunging/twisting down (he does this at liberty in the field too) but I hope we're going to get beyond the impasse...we'll see.
Monday, May 18, 2009
This just got me thinking about the sensitivity of our equine friends and how, just like us humans, some of them can tune it out and others just can't. Part of our training strategy has to be to engage our horses to such a degree that they can block out these nuisance calls and concentrate on us.....what a huge thing we ask.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I think it has only stopped raining for 2 or 3 hours out of the last 24 and consequently I relented and brought the boys in tonight. Can't say they seemed grateful but I shall sleep better.
I haven't blogged for a couple of days due to the stormy weather and awful broadband connection but this was yesterday's work in-hand. Actually it's the first 5 minutes before I ran out of battery, I'm useless, lol!! I can't seem to get it onto movie maker to edit so it's all boring stuff except a few seconds from 1 minute where I'm really pleased because the entwickeln (shoulder-in, straight, shoulder-in/leg yield) is much more fluent and I'm especially pleased that we can also control the quarters coming off the track. That really is the power of video evidence, in the absence of regular training I can at least kick my own butt!!
I have lots still to cover on aids/turning but every spare moment is currently invested in paddock topping or painting; hence my brain is full of thought but nothing committed to print.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
..well today I'm ashamed to say I asked for too much. Yesterday Moralejo was a really good boy and today I was greedy and asked for some more. Should have lunged but couldn't resist riding, big mistake on my part. So I decided to accept that today wasn't the day and we went down the fields for a mooch and had a lovely time up and down the hills and came home quicker than we went out, lol!! I hope I brought us back from the edge by accepting little and then rewarding, he is so forgiving, I do love him. Horses teach us something about ourselves every day, I've just got to be more aware of my lessons.
OK, both these vids are from the same session, uploaded together but edited separately (although both on movie maker) so why is one clear and the other all blurry?? Just when I thought I'd mastered the editing thang, darn.
First is me warming up, he's such a good boy and stays slow through all this work which is a MAJOR achievemnt in itself (for him). The second I'm warming him up, a little correcting with a high hand but mainly just trying to get him to flex his neck and then chew the rein down. Still a way to go but it is getting there.
Monday, May 4, 2009
OK, this took AGES and it's only a bit of in-hand, it's a bit easier ridden (I think) and if I have the stamina I'll edit the ridden vid later!! You will see how easy it is to *swing* the 1/4's and loose them in the turns (another good reason not to teach inside rein to turn) and also to *overcook* the angle in the shoulder-in etc, etc etc BUUUT I do think it helps him with his 1/4's and starting to engage them properly. I will report back when we've used it more. Anyone speak German? What does *entwickeln* mean??
Another good early morning session yesterday, got lots done around the place and a lovely walk alongside the river with Lydia to round off a good weekend :-)
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Back down to earth now as I have to go to the dechetterie (so much nicer than tip) with a trailer of building rubbish!!
Friday, May 1, 2009
Can't wait to ride tomorrow and play some more.