Thank you everyone for the comments, suggestions and articles on my Gemmie post. The equine vet said to not worry too much and retest in 6 months as her numbers were barely elevated but that either more exercise or a grazing muzzle wouldn’t be a bad idea. So…coin toss which one comes first. Probably the dreaded muzzle to be honest. It’s easier even if I don’t like it.
Wednesday I’m usually working at the wound center trying to heal people’s massive foot wounds in spite of their best attempts to do the exact opposite of everything I say. It’s a mental battle that can be very exhausting. Yesterday though I took off for Wyatt’s kindergarten graduation and with a forecast that blissfully promised 5 days of straight up rain storms, I snuck a ride in on the Orange Butthead early on.
I set up the exact same ground pole exercise we did in the lesson: 4 trot poles exiting turning right, bend left to come back the opposite direction, exit turning left and then bed right to come through again.
During the lesson he was a bit unruly going through trying to make them into two jumps with a bounce between. Honestly, I think it was the fact that they went through a jump standard. A standard without an actual jump always blows his poor little mind. It is like he thinks “standards mean jump but there is nothing raised but standards mean jump and I GOOD BOY so I jump any way!“
I didn’t add the standard cuz lazy and 1000% humidity, but I did set up the line of poles slightly off center line like she had them in the lesson.
He warmed up really, really well. Only tried to pull some crap one time at the beginning and only broke to canter once for a few strides. The approach of ignoring it and letting him go as long as he remains in front of my leg is really working. He doesn’t see the point since I’m no longer fighting him and he returns to the work quickly and quietly. It is a huge change from pre lesson Eeyore.
He trotted nicely so I picked up the canter both directions this time. The canter is still a bit wild and unruly. It swings from underpowered to race horse mode with very little time spent in between but those moments in between are getting longer and better so progress is still being seen. The biggest win in the canter is that my brain is beginning to function and not just go blankly into survival mode.
I was really pleased with it so I gave him a stretchy walk break and tackled the ground poles. I really expected him to fumble through it or try to jump again but instead I got a horse who decided it was too hard to hold his head up and went through in his best attempt at being a western pleasure mount.
He was easy to maneuver on the change of bends and we approached again with more forward and his head not dragging on the ground. He went over just fine yet again. I repeated in both directions one last time to confirm and then we quit.
It was a pleasant ride from start to finish which has not always been the case. I’m not sure who this new orange beast is but I do love working with him!
I’m on the books for a lesson every other Wednesday night at 8 pm at least through the summer which I think will be a nice balance between consistently getting instruction and giving me time to work on it. He may not agree, but I’ve gotten a sense from him lately that he does actually like the routine work even if he pretends he might die during it. I can handle head dropping, lagging behind Eeyore a lot better emotionally and mentally than I can head shaking, threatening to rear Eeyore. I don’t mind getting after him to move, but I get more than a little fetal when he gets a little crazy. I’m sure the 1000% humidity played a role, but in general he is becoming more and more malleable to the tasks I am asking and I am riding a whole lot better which helps too. Bring on the rain and then please stop for my lesson next week.
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The one way working on the ambulance changed me: I take care of my feet much better than before. I mean, I scrub between the toes and the toenails and pay Attention. I don’t understand it but some People who were not obese, didn’t have Diabetes, were not elderly, had the most disgusting feet.
Sorry that your comment box is randomly capitalizing my words!
I do not understand the poor hygiene I see in perfectly healthy, younger people. Its gross
Oh my gosh, an 8pm lesson? My brain would be mush! You’re a dedicated horsewoman, kudos to you!!
Glad he’s been so good. I love these posts!
It is not my preferred time that is for sure. My choices were 5 pm which I can’t make as I am still at work or 8 pm. I’m just thankful she is letting me ride that late. Nobody around here has evenings or weekends available. We will see if it changes in the winter. I don’t remember if the arena has lights or not.
I really enjoy riding later at night but that’s probably because my brain is mush in the morning!
I’m a morning person and prefer to ride at 530 am than 530 pm.
Awww Eeyore! I’m so glad that the lesson still applies and that it’s really working for him! That was certainly my favorite time to really start riding 2 yr olds – in the dead heat of summer because it was too bloody hot for them to do more lol. I love his spiky mane too 😀
His mane always makes me laugh. It has a mind of its own. Good thing we have zero aspirations for recognized showing cuz I have no idea what to do with ir
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awww congrats to Wyatt ❤ and i love that you're finding such success in implementing these exercises in your rides, and am even more excited about the new planned lesson schedule!!
She even mentioned going xc schooling this summer on a Friday I don’t have surgery. I can’t wait for that!
This is the horse you’ve been busting your ass to make. Enjoy the ride. 😁
It’s a good feeling to see progress
Glad to hear things are still on the up!
Glad to hear that things are going so well and that you have lessons plotted out through the summer.
I personally keep my feet pretty clean but I’m terrible at clipping my toenails – they don’t get howard hughs long or anything because they get way too annoying before that and then I clip them, but unless I’m in flip flops I hardly look at them (my toenails are fungus free though so at least they look nice haha)
There was a study published that showed the majority of people never wash their feet. They let the water in the shower run over them but never actually take soap and a wash cloth to the foot. Ugh. Why not?????!!