Monday, June 9, 2014

Saturdays Are My Favorite

I HATE BLOGGER JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT YOU SHOULDNT BLOG WHILE SLIGHTLY ACCIDENTALLY TIPSY ON WINE BECAUSE YOULL HIT BUTTON SOMEHOW AND MISSPELL THINGS AND IT WILL DELETE YOUR HARD 45 MIN WORK. IM SO ANNOYED OH MY GOD.

What I had said was some reminaition of, "I love all you guys and your posts and I'm sorrry I don't personally respond to your comments but just posting a blogpost takes like an hour with this freaking country internet. I HATE.

SO.

To continue off my recent post, I wanted to post some comparison pics with Mr. Baby B and his process in training.

Saturdays are my favorite. Lately, my friend Chris (he bought Mrs. black and beautiful-see last post) has been coming over and we have been working the boys together. We usually go for a hack, then he takes a dressage lesson on Yankee Pants and then I school B and he videos, and then I jump on Yankee to do a  few more advanced movements.

Also, Coffee
Per usual, Yankee is a saint and tolerates Chris's greenness in Dressage. He is a great student and understands what I ask of him and DOES it. Genuinely willing to learn. Yankee also shows him what is right and what is wrong. LOVE THAT HORSE.

Learning balance and forward

Feeling what inside leg to outside rein does
Let me just say I MISS MY ARENA. It is exceptionally difficult to practice balace and straightness in a muddy, not very flat field. Throws a very interesting curve ball into my training with Bacardi. AS most OTTBs he is VERY weak to the right and getting him to be consistent through the contact, or even be straight is....highly difficult.

Warming up on light seat and contact

I love this, forward and working
As I explained before in my last post I train my ponies inside leg to outside supporting rein, with my inside rein doing whatever it has to. With B, that usually means half halts or leading rein to help him around the turns, with a very solid outside leg to keep his bod going around the curves. In theory this works, but he is a baby and still doesn't quite get it/isn't strong enough to cary it very long. BUT. He is very smart and understandsand tries SO HARD.

A light, inside leading rein to help guide around the turn
Even when he isn't quite sure, he still stays active and doesn't suck back. My favorite thing about him. Yankee was HORRENDOUS as a child doing this. Yes, he will be behind the contact a little bit at times, but all I do is bring my hands up a smidge and press forward with my legs...

Diving a little. But still forward
 My favorite is the next 2 pics. Two stride difference. The first he is rather overbent, avoiding contact (to the untrained eye he looks "on the bit" but nah), though still forward. I pick up my hands and put my leg on (especially that inside leg) and he responds by driving forward more from behind, lifting his back and consequentially, his head and neck to a more relaxed, accepting position.



What a good baby! Truly impressed with his work ethic and ability to just remain calm and work through the "question at hand"

GAH SHINY SEXY BUTT

Love this! Soft jaw, relaxed neck, forward, active hind end, back engaged. Good OTTB!



 Pats for the baby! Really excited to see where this guy goes.

In other news, I really miss jumping....

7 comments:

  1. Wow! He really is so shiny and cute! His balance and frame look great too, especially for a baby. Yay B :)

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  2. Trying to teach the greenie flat work on hills is so challenging! Our ring gets done this week and I CANNOT wait! Also, can we start a redheaded OTTB club?

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  3. B has a great look to him already!

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  4. What a good baby red horse! He must be so much fun to work with

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  5. Ugh I can so relate to the wishing you had an arena. It sucks teaching a green horse anything on slopes and especially when it's been raining non stop for three weeks it's impossible to do anything above a walk without slipping... sigh. Someday... lol. In happier thoughts he looks great!!! I can't wait to see what he looks like when he fills out!

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