Bobby has been doing a lot of this:
|his tail is getting so long.|
I longe him before every ride without side reins, and if I'm riding english, he also gets a spin in side reins. The other day he also got longed over some trot poles which made him very happy.
I have been trying to break up the boredom of slow work with some time on barrels. Sometimes Bobby seems to like it--sometimes it just makes him a little nutty. However, the rides are short which is something I'm aiming for with every ride at this point, and he's working on stepping underneath himself with his hind legs. Win-win.
I did get some video of the ever-impressive barrel racing Thoroughbred the other day. Alright, so maybe this particular Thoroughbred is not so impressive, especially when he's squeezed into a small indoor--something that doesn't lend itself to a dull barrel pattern--but watching his massive body gallumping around traffic cones is still fun.
His worse direction:
His better direction:
I didn't ask for a flying change between the first two barrels since he's not quite strong enough to do one in such a cramped space yet (or probably ever--that's like three strides!), and it makes him spaz, so he bumbles through, but it kept him relaxed so it doesn't bother me.
He had a solid flat school this morning and has earned a day off tomorrow. Monday conditioning day? Jumping day? One of the two.
Oh, and my offering was videos. Ha, let dooooownnnnn.