Monday, July 26, 2021
|Lots of standards in the way here, but you get the idea|
After the tight spot, I did a bending line to the liverpool. It wasn't the course she'd given me, but we did it REALLY well.
|What is that?? Not alarmed, just very observant and curious|
|So sleepy, worked very hard|
|MOM, stahhhp taking pictures of me, I'm napping!|
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
|Screenshot from a video, don't mind the quality. I'll share the video when I get it.|
Monday, July 19, 2021
|Sometimes my mom is not the brightest... I am a good boy anyways|
It's weird... that sense of obligation, of having to get things done works well for me with running. If I skipped my run every time I felt lackluster about things, I would run about twice a month and then after a few months probably not at all. Because if I don't log the miles I loose fitness, running gets harder, I don't feel like running because it is hard, and so on until there is no running. It works well for me with my job too. But this doesn't translate to riding.
Friday, July 16, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
|Screenshots from the jump lesson|
|Just a pig enjoying his kiddy pool|
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
|No enthusiasm for his bling|
|Poor hairless summer face|
Monday, July 12, 2021
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Monday, July 5, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
June didn't hold as many MAJOR changes as May did, but we still did a lot of different things.
- 21 rides
- 2 dressage lessons with a new trainer
- 1 jump lesson with a new to Yoshi trainer in which we jumped a liverpool and a lime slice
- 1 interesting chiropractic session
- 1 photo shoot
- Continued to stand on the sure foot pads once a week or so
- Introduced more stretches into our routine - stifle stretches and neck carrot stretches every other day
- Worked on ToF and ToH on the ground... once... I guess it was a vague resolution to do better in June, and once is better than none ;)
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Dressage lesson take 2 - three lessons in 2 weeks! We're on a roll. After 4 hours of sleep (yay flipping from 2nd to 3rd shift mid-week) I hauled myself out of bed yesterday morning and we loaded up Yoshi and Ms. GY's horse. I went first this time, "driver rides first". I told the trainer the problems I'd been having - when I ask for the inside bend tracking left in the way I thought she had shown me, he was falling in more even with a lot of inside leg. When I asked for inside bend tracking right, we're getting the weird head tilt. I asked what unevenness I had that was contributing and she said that it was probably just him being green and uneven. Hrm, but J mare would occasionally do that same weird right head tilt.
Once we actually started working, she noted that I was asking him to bend right with my inside rein, but going left with my body when we were tracking right; the same turn my right shoulder more to the inside that I was told the week before. Retention ya'll, I've got it. To the left, I was dropping my hand down rather than bringing my elbow back when asking for bend. Fix that, and magically, he wasn't ignoring the inside leg and pushing through it to make the circle smaller when I asked for bend.
She has a pretty rapid fire way of teaching, and I think I love it. For us it was just change of direction after change of direction. No drilling a circle till it was perfect, but usually just one or two 20m circles then change direction and get it the other way, change back, and again, and again. For Ms. GY who was starting flying changes with her horse (side note, I've never seen those be taught, it was SO COOL), it was walk-canter right-walk-canter left-walk-canter right and so on (probably 15 walk-canter transitions in one lap around the arena) with an ever decreasing number of canter strides and walk strides. She matches it with her voice and her own energy level as well.
She discussed the piriformis muscle as well and had me consciously feel mine and then feel tension and then attempt to feel relaxation. She said they are the flight muscle that is tensed before animals take off, so if I tense mine, Yoshi goes looking for what is about to happen. When I focused on dropping my femur straight down the change was instantaneous. Very cool.
We did fewer trot-canter transitions this time and instead stayed in the gait for about four 20m circles and a total of a full lap around (circle at A/C, canter large to E/B, circle, canter large to A/C). I was NOT to nag him into staying in the canter by getting suckered into driving every stride with my leg clamped on "if you have to use that much leg to canter at all, how are you going to do half-pass or collected or extended canter?" If he faltered, calf on, then tap with whip. He got quite offended in his ears and his tempo the first two times with the whip, but he's a clever pony and quickly learned to maintain his own pace. To the left I was much too stiff in my right elbow. Consciously moving it with the strides helped to allow him to actually go forward.
After the canter we practiced slowing the trot and making it bigger. She described the slowing as a tin man with creaky joints that don't open well. He was VERY responsive to this and would break to the walk as soon as I did this. So we did it much more subtly and over 5-6 strides. This worked, but he definitely found it very challenging to do. Making it bigger was easier "now you've got really well lubricated joints, open your hips and release your thighs". Back and forth, each for about half a 20m circle. Introducing longitudinal suppleness.
We're taking next week off from a lesson, but are going again the week after that. Lots to work on and think about in the mean time!
|Hopefully have something good to compare to in a few months with all this dressage!|
|He LOVES these balance pads. So much licking and chewing.|
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Thursday, June 17, 2021
|This morning. I could not get a more interested facial expression...|
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Leila went in the same bit. I never was happy with her feel of the contact. She went just as well in a sidepull hackamore as she did in the bit. Zing went in a full cheek single jointed snaffle for jumping and a KK loose ring french link for dressage. I played around the most with his bits for jumping. Dressage trainer set us up with the KK loose ring for dressage after I was a working student for him and Zing was always so consistent and soft in the contact I never messed with it. Jumping we tried a few different things - single jointed, double jointed, snaffle and elevator. In the end, if I didn't ride properly he'd run through whatever bit we used, so we settled on the single jointed full cheek.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Yoshi got new shoes Wednesday along with a very positive report from the farrier. He actually had a bit of heel to take off on the left foot! Woohoo!!! He was very good for the whole thing until the last 5 minutes. Then he started putting anything within reach into his mouth... the farrier, me, a halter hanging on a hook. Just like a toddler that was just DONE. So I slowly fed treats and we got through it. Funny horse.
|6 weeks ago|
|6 weeks ago|
Overall, his feet are looking MUCH healthier and I can see the hint of a heel. Hooray!
Today we rode through Training level test 1.
Definitely rough in places - in particular the halts and obviously the left lead canter that wasn't, but y'know. First attempt.
|When this is my position two strides before a down transition... Yeah no wonder the halts sucked!|
I do not like how much bracing in the stirrups I'm seeing in the video though. This was the first time I'd set up the pivo in a few weeks, so I'm going to work on fixing the bracing and then see how we look in a few days.
|May have something to do with our racehorse canter still|
Overall, I'm so happy with how he's going. We're playing in and out of the dressage ring and he's just getting more and more consistent. We have another dressage lesson on Monday. I'm going to try to nail down weekly or every other week lessons ASAP.
I cheated, and we jumped a log, barrels, and the liverpool the other day. He's perfect. The solid jumps made much more sense to him than poles, he set himself up really nicely for them.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Monday, June 7, 2021
|Image from rodnikkel.com|
This is a hard area to take x-rays of because there is just SO MUCH muscle there, it is a lot to shoot a through. If you use an oblique angle though, you can get a view of it. I suspect rads are most commonly used to diagnose, but there's also scintigraphy, ultrasound, and standing CT.
This is all hypothetical at this point since we're a decent ways off from any jumping, but I'm struggling finding a jumping trainer ...
As was pointed out to me during my trial (yep, failed to see this one on my own...), Yoshi has a "dropped hip" on the left side. W...