|Jumping athletically from a tight spot|
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Friday, November 26, 2021
|Must feel tree with my face....|
|Hello deer friend|
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
September 7th vs. November 20th
Friday, November 19, 2021
|Two days ago from the kayak at Shired Island|
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Monday, November 15, 2021
Smart Pak's description of the bridle: The PS of Sweden Pioneer Bridle features a classic noseband redesigned. The pioneer has a drop noseband that offers unsurpassed comfort for your horse and also modern styling. Thanks to the cross-sectional design, the cheek pieces are kept away from the eyes and the jaw strap is extra padded for increased stability and comfort. The noseband has rawhide on the inside to hold its shape away from the sensitive nerve endings of the nasal bone. It also features a built in soft pillow to increase the noseband's stability and is decorated with a white seam. It closes easily with the padded pullback strap featuring a ring for greater freedom of the jaw, and an easy on/off snap that is easily removed. This bridle is recommended for horses that are young or inexperienced, need extra support and stabilization, or tend to travel inverted. Reins not included.
|Not parallel here|
|Properly adjusted here|
Friday, November 12, 2021
|Smiling about the beautiful day in front of watermelon pond|
|This is the better side.. his face sums it up|
|Soooo much higher up on this side...|
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
JT sent me this gif last week while I was out of town. JT does this thing where you finish a course or a line and she says "just keep coming" and then zips around and adjusts jumps while you're picking up a canter or starting the course. I've watched her do it during my friend's lessons, but barely notice it during mine even though she is clearly doing it then as well.
I'm not sure if I shared this here or not, but my brain broke about the height of a jump a month or two ago. We were working on a roll back to a vertical and at one point it seemed easier to let him keep trotting than coordinate a canter around a roll back turn. She got after me that that was not the point of the exercise, so I didn't, but it seemed totally reasonable to me. Eventually we got it together (okay, I got it together, Yoshi was fine the whole time, I finally turned with my body and quit pulling on the right rein) and called it a day. Then JT told me the vertical was 3'. I knew she was right. She is the professional and was also standing on the ground next to the jump. But I could not actually believe her. I intellectually accepted it, but still felt in my heart of hearts that it was maayyyybe 2'9", but more likely 2'6".
So then a few days later when I was in our home field setting some poles at specific intervals for an exercise out of the conditioning book, I stuck my tape measure on a jump that looked 3' to me. It was 3'6". Oooookay. So I found one that looked 2'6", yep that was 3'. Huh. See heart/gut, I knew she was right.
Anyways, point of my long brain-break ramble is that in our lesson Monday we made it up to training level height. It didn't feel like that big of a deal. Pretty cool. I cannot tell you how much her lessons are worth, but it is WAY way more than she charges.
AND she filmed it.
Monday, November 8, 2021
- 10,000 IU Liquid Vitamin E per day for 2 weeks before decreasing to 5,000 IU per day
- Increase grain to DOUBLE what he is getting now. The vet's feeling was that if they are lean when they are trying to lay down and build new muscle it becomes a more fibrous less properly organized muscle mass. I'm not sure I follow the science behind that (and didn't get to talk to her in person), but she's a well-respected sports medicine vet here, so I'll follow her experience.
- Chiro once a month
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Monday, November 1, 2021
- 21 rides - seems to be about what we average
- 3 dressage lessons in which we worked a LOT on our trot-canter transitions
- 3 jump lessons in which we did bending lines and a bunch of bounces
- 1 cross country schooling at FHP in which Yoshi was the BEST BOY and jumped all the novice things
- 2 shows, both at Majestic
- 3 phase schooling show where we won our entry division on a not so great 36.1 dressage score
- Jumper schooling show where we put in two solid rounds for his first time over their fill
- 6 rides in the equibands, but I did start trailing off to the once a week use in the end of the month. These I think are a really important part of our canter transitions though. Once I realized no fireworks were coming with cantering under saddle in them, they REALLY helped me get the feel of his back staying UP during the transition
- 3 trail rides around the neighborhood, totaling 9.2 miles of walking
- 8 trailer rides. Dude is a solid traveler AND is starting to feel comfortable enough to eat hay even when traveling solo. I'm hoping this is a trend that continues. He chows down if he's with a friend, but had only been lightly picking at hay when he was by himself till the last two weeks of October when he seemed to realize he was also fine by himself.
- Restarted clicker training with a head away approach to receiving treats, he's such a quick learner
- A couple of massage and body work sessions. Ms. GY shows me things she learns from her Masterson Method courses and Yoshi seems to really like some of them.
- More work on clippers. Still not there yet, but when I was watching the barn for Ms. GY at the beginning of the month, I took more liberties with leaving my crap sitting around and kept the clippers right by the crossties so it was a great reminder to just plug them in and work for a few minutes each day. That dropped off after they came back though and I had to be a good boarder again and not monopolize the whole barn ;)
- Yoshi is off to boot camp again this week while I'm out of town. The hope is to solidify his canter and his transitions as well as have JT pop him over fences once or twice.
- I work EVERY weekend of the month, so no shows this month. This and the change in weather means I want to get him out to some trails at least twice this month. He is SO solid on them and seems to really enjoy exploring. We live within 30 minutes of a bunch of parks to ride in and the bugs should be much better than the hell ride my friend and I took in August or July.
- Keep plugging away at clippers... and give him his first clip of the year. I'd always been a full clip kinda gal because I have zero ability to clip straight lines. But I'm not drugging him just to fulfill my aesthetic desires, so I think this winter I am committed to a high trace clip that lets me leave his ears. If anyone has any tips for doing a trace clip (or anything that requires a pattern anywhere), please tell me!
First set of check-in photos on the GY's crossties! Would you like to also grow your tail not just every other part of you?? Baby horse ...
It is a gorgeous time of year here, if a bit dry. Ms. GY and I loaded up the boys on Friday and went to San Felasco. I had been with Yoshi ...