Here's an example of what Bobby looks like on a "good" head in the air day:
|bobby's "i'm only being half a dickhead" pose.|
|no offense to arabians. imagine nose and head pointed straight|
up like this, but in motion, and you'll have grasped the idea.
|double the length of this horse's neck and it's also a good example.|
but he does this even at the walk on a loose rein.
Or even at this point in his training, this:
I'm not a complete idiot. I know he's green. I know he needs a lot more muscle before he's ready for real dressage work that involves a lovely headset. I know he's not completely balanced, or fit, or strong, or ready for hard work yet. I just started riding him again at the end of December guys. It's early February. I'm not expecting a miracle to have occured by now.
BUT, I do expect some cooperation on his part. I know--because I have ridden it--that he's capable of performing some really nice stretchy work. I also know that he can carry himself in a bit of a frame (and I'm loathe to use that word because it can be taken wrong) for awhile. Not the whole ride certainly, and really not even more than a circle or two, but he can do it.
Now, I'm not totally willing to just say he's a dick head and likes to make things hard on me until the last ten minutes of a ride and it just magically clicks on about the time we're getting ready to be done. Keep in mind that I have literally known this horse his whole life--from birth until now. I know every little quirk and injury he's had from paddock injuries (he ran through a fence as a yearling and has a little white scar on his RH), to hereditary issues (his dam is known for her babies having stifle issues).
|not to mention he's just kind of dumb.|
- Saddle Fit. I'll have BO and both BMs give their opinions of both my dressage saddle and the jumping saddle I've been using. I'm extremely confident in their credentials to do this. They're not professional saddle fitters, but they've been around thousands of horses and I have complete faith they'll be able to give me some really good feed back.
- Teeth. He's getting all his vet work done next month, which includes a float, but I'll tell BO next time the vet comes out for anything to have her take a peak in his mouth. She's out relatively often so hopefully this can get check soon.
- Chiro. Ok, I know for a fact this is partially to blame. He needs his neck and probably hips sorted out more than just my stretching and massaging can help. This is also on the March vet list. Unfortunately, I just don't have the money to get it done until then. I'll keep plugging away on massages and carrot stretches and leg stretches, but he needs to get adjusted.
- Bit. He goes in a copper egg butt. He doesn't like a plain dee at all. I don't know why, but he throws a huge fussy fit whenever I've tried it (Red used to go in it for his western tack so it sometimes got thrown on Bobby when we needed an extra bridle). He doesn't really seem that busy with his mouth when he's doing the whole Head In Face schtick, so I'm not inclined to blame it on that. I'll try a couple others that BO has though, just to cross it off the list.
I hope that explains things a little better. Please keep this all in the back of your head whenever I start venting about what a shitty ride we had. And please keep in mind that some of the things that work for your horse(s) will not work for mine. It doesn't mean I'm not trying.
|bobby's sire: where 100% of the asshole gene comes from.|