|Red loves his new dinner.|
Trainer is a total huntseat rider and went around with zero contact on the reins. She wanted to put him in draw reins (of course) to make him break at the poll. I don't have a problem schooling in draw reins every now and them as evidenced by earlier posts, but this is the same trainer for CL's friend's daughter who rides her green arab in draw reins every single ride, and I am not down with that. I want my horses to go around with a proper head carriage because they're strong and balanced, and not because their heads are stuck in that position from going in draw reins. There was a TB mare at college who was broke out in draw reins and she could not go around without them. It was really disguisting.
I know I can get ahead of myself when it comes to training and wanting results, but I do try to be really smart about it and take myself back sometimes to regroup and go about it the right way. Which is why no more standing martingale for Bobby and very limited draw rein usage. I'm going to a tack swap Saturday to pick up a new bit for him too. Maybe a full cheek. I also ordered a breastplate for him yesterday.
Trainer did throw out some good observations on him however, though nothing ground breaking. She said he needed to use his back more and that would help him use his hind end, though he doesn't want to because of his stifles. Said his right stifle seemed worse than the left (true, since that's the one that was warmer and more inflamed when he was so sore the other week). Said his feet were really tiny (durh).
They'll probably start lessons next week. CL said she and her friend were trying to get after BO to drag the arena--yay!