Quite A Pair

amywink March 5th, 2012

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Will must have heard the rumors that I was considering sending him back into training after his escapade last week and he worked very hard this week to remind me that he was, according to him, my Favorite Pony and a Very Good Pony who knew what he was about. “See? See how good and cute I am?”

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He does this pose often–I call it his “Look, I’m a Morgan!” pose–and he’s done it since I got him. It is quite charming and he has returned to my good graces.

The GPS track from last week’s bolt indicated we moved 150 meters 40 seconds faster than our usual pace. We returned to our normal speed this week.

We did have a very good drive in the Dragon Free Zone of the dressage arena. I took quite a long time to get ready, scraping as much of his winter coat off as I could get–there’s probably enough to knit something, or perhaps I should collect it and have a hat made of the felted hair. I clipped his bridle path, since his mane is rather unruly and quite bushy. All the slow work lead up to our quiet harnessing. He did start off a bit faster than I wanted so we will return to that lesson on our next drive. My main goal this weekend was slow, steady, responsive driving and we managed it. By the end of our drive, we even managed a very nice circle!

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I was quite pleased when I saw this GPS track, since we’d been off driving for a month and I’d not attempted a circle in the carriage for a while.

I am working, however, on riding them and at my riding lesson Saturday, I managed to get a few circles quite right–no GPS for that. Maybe I should attach it to my leg to see! That wouldn’t indicate any borderline obsession with circles, would it? I told Francine and Malen my riding goals would not include a perfect circle….and yet…..

Riding continues to illuminate my driving. Yesterday toward the end of our drive Will started doing his typical “I’ll just turn my head and not my entire body, if that’s okay with you” and this time, I applied my “leg” to his side/hip, taping him over with my whip. The response was instant and he moved correctly into line and looked rather surprised at the same time. This is probably a small thing (perhaps even worth a “Duh”) but after connecting the dots this way, I may have solved a long time issue for the both of us.

Blessing continues her fabulous progress. This Saturday was so blustery, however, than she was only long-lined in the arena. She is, however, doing spectacularly well and she’s quite beautiful when her movements are all correct, which is more and more often. She’s going to look lovely with a carriage, which she will be getting used to this week. Though the lighting was difficult, I did come away with one shot I like very much. She reminds me a great deal of her brother in this photo.

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Next week, we’ll see what she’s learned and maybe we’ll have good weather for some more outside photos.

2 Responses to “Quite A Pair”

  1. Stevenon 05 Mar 2012 at 9:04 am

    Good job, Will, on seeing the light and getting back on Amy’s good side!

  2. ellenon 06 Mar 2012 at 9:57 am

    I believe I may have a photo of Blessing’s poppa doing that exact same move…. I’ll look for it and send it to you.
    ejf

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