Monday, July 9, 2012

Another Threesome

Today was the last day all three of us could get out for a ride, so we had to take advantage of it.  Since Laurie had such a good time on Bear last week, we thought she should ride him again.  So that meant I was on Laredo again.

Just like our last ride, he was super attentive and fun to be with.  I think we have just crossed over a hump and he is enjoying spending time with us and really thinking about the training.  There was almost no rooting or checking out. The only thing he was prone to doing was getting overly excited about things around him.  And by overly excited I just mean he would get extremely curious about things like cows in the other pasture, trucks on the driveway, squirrels, tree branches he'd never seen, and things like that.  So basically just being a three year old.  Unfortunately, when Laredo and I were trying to ride with Steen and Bear, he would end up paying more attention to the distractions than he would to my legs, seat, and hands.  I did my best to work through it and get him back with me, but overall it got to be a little tough.

So we went back to other parts o the pasture and just did our normal thing with one new addition.  Instead of mostly doing our figure-eights in the open, we did them around the trees like Robin did the other day.  It was probably good for both of us to have things to concentrate one, and when I went back to doing figure-eights out in the open, they were wonderful.  This is definitely something I'll have to use from time to time.  Probably with Bear, too.

As Laredo's feet are growing out again and looking good, we also spent some time working on the trot.  But instead of trotting mostly in circles, I would just move him out into the trot while we were cutting across the open part of the pasture.  I'd give him a few strides to settle in, and then I would ask for a downward transition.  I wish I could say these were great, but they were awful.  We had never done any trotting with big open areas in front of us before, and I think it led to him getting a little excited and forward.  So most of our downward transitions ended up with me rolling him into a stop with one-rein.  Since he is getting so soft to the bit and knows this maneuver so well, it is not a problem at all and we both stayed really comfortable.

I must admit, there was a period a few weeks to a month ago where I was having some doubts about Laredo.  He was sore on his front feet, touchy around his head, and developing a habit of rooting on the bit and throwing his head down when things didn't make sense to him.  But we are really coming out of that. He is fun to ride and getting better every time we go out.  I can't wait to see what he is like after another month.  Things can change so fast, and they seem to change even faster with a young horse.

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