Thursday, June 25, 2009

I'm probably getting quite boring

Do I care? If I'm being boring it's because I'm all excited, LOL. Another good ridden session today; good trot work and even a little canter to check the brakes. Moo is just like a *proper* horse now but with *beans* which is just perfect because I LIKE forward in a horse. We had some good transitions and lateral work and I probably had a big grin on my face the whole time. To think I nearly didn't ride as it was so hot this afternoon but I'm glad I did; I needed to for his feet rehab anyway so I'm feeling doubly happy. It is so nice not to have a head and neck acting like a snake on speed.
I do feel I can go back to my *turning* ramblings now, it all makes so much sense when you're bitless.....ummm, some clarity I hope. I still have a huge mountain to climb with regard to where all this might fit in with my belief system, oh dear I'm sure I'm too old to be starting back at the beginning again.
Here, for Kate particularly, is the type of hackamore I'm using, I forgot to take 'pics today but mine is way higher on the nose than this and I wouldn't ever advocate using one this low.



7 comments:

Claire said...

you, boring? never...

Kate said...

Thanks! Forward is very good! I'm hoping to do a post on bitless at some point.

Di said...

I don't think your belief system is in doubt. You have done all the preparation work with the flexions, relaxing the jaw, suppling exercises in hand, etc. Don't you think that all that was the key to unlocking his potential? He just prefers not having a bit in his mouth, the education has already been done, hasn't this allowed you to ride him bitless but with finesse? :-)

trudi said...

I look forward to your post on bitless Kate.

Yes I see what you mean Di, it's just that without a bit you can't *feel* any resistance in the mouth and I've alwys felt that was essential to achieve the true lightness I'm always searching for. So perhaps I'll feel it somewhere else instead, LOL, maybe me in my waters :-)

Di said...

No,you can't physically feel resistance in the mouth, but if it was there you would feel it through his body?

trudi said...

mmm, I'll have to be convinced I guess Di because it's so helpful to *feel* a blocked jaw/poll and then to feel it release,I'll have to learn to feel it elsewhere.
By the way I'm having email probs and haven't heard re timing for Monday? I hate techy problems :-(

Di said...

I got your email saying you could leave about 9ish, so you'll be here around 10ish. Is that ok?