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...