Holding Pattern

amywink December 3rd, 2011

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More mud means no driving. I’m still happy to see mud but I suspect in a few more days, I’m going to be a little less happy about it. I didn’t think I’d be stalled on my 100 hour goal because of rain but it is still the best reason to be stalled.

Will’s happy enough but I’m not sure how long it will take me to get the mud off of him. It’s probably going to take a bath to get him clean but we’re about to start winter temperatures so it’s just going to have to be a good brushing.

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Blessing’s training is turning out to be nicely timed since I have to stay off the carriage for a while. Visiting her is making up for the time away. It’s also giving us time to bond nicely and give her some Only Horse time. She was quite affectionate today and seems pleased with her own progress, though some of it is icky and sort of confusing. But she’s a smart girl and figuring stuff out without a great deal of argument or anxiety.

This week, she’s been learning more about the bit, including learning to deal with side-reins that teach her how/where to hold her head. The exercise is also making her neck quite shapely! She is filling out nicely all over, developing her chest and hindquarters. img_2406.jpg

Here she is with her side reins, learning how to hold her head correctly
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Interestingly, the side reins also seem to make her move more carefully at her trot, encouraging her to gather her legs under herself correctly and move her entire body in a more balanced way.

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As well as the new tack, she continues to learn to move away from pressure, the key directional mechanism for horses.img_2441.jpg She did several nice side moves today as Malen worked her. And she finished up looking a little tired but fitter and happy enough–and expecting treats!! Which she did get after she had a nice brushing.

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One Response to “Holding Pattern”

  1. Stevenon 04 Dec 2011 at 11:26 am

    She’s doing so great! Great to see all these pictures.

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