But first let me fill you in on all the things Bobby has been doing this week. He's kind of an important dude, so I know you're all dying to be up to date.
On Monday he did nothing but get a good grooming and liniment rubdown. And also lots of cookies.
|whoa, crazy horse. don't take off!|
On Tuesday we hauled out for a two hour trail ride which we did ninety percent at the walk. The other ten percent was Bobby doing his best impression of an endurance horse and skimming the ground at a trot like a mofo.
|chilling in the water because no more being stupid about water, mr magee|
On Wednesday we went up to the cross country field for S's birthday. Bobby was all, "Whatevs. Every day life for a gangster." Memphis was all, "I am a fucking event horse, even though I have never jumped outside of an arena at a competition!!!!!." So while Memph was exuberantly frolicking (aka bucking) around in excitement, Bobby was alternating walking like a slug and pretending that he could only go uphill if it was at a high rate of speed. No time for jumping. Just running.
I figured since we didn't really have a reason to be schooling 2' logs that day, I would just let him have a run up the hill. Bobby was all prancey pants walking down the hill, threw in a spin for good measure, and turned the corner to wide open space.
And then threw on the brakes. Only once he had stood there for a few seconds did he decide all on his own we could go. Look, Bobby does things on Bobby time.
But I did get it on helmet cam! Obviously there is swearing in this (Obviously because it's just me talking, and every word out of my mouth is foul.). It starts around the one minute marker.
When we were done, S and I marveled at how our white boots were suddenly yellow from rag weed pollen. That's also why I'm sniffing so much in the helmet cam (Sorry!) because I am super allergic to it. Fortunately BO sent J up there to mow when we got back down.
And finally, today! We did an early morning dressage school in the indoor, breaking down parts of the three First tests to work through. My biggest frustration at shows is how unfocused I get in warm up for dressage. I send Bobby off at a trot, and the only thing I accomplish is not running into anyone. I don't circle, I don't do any lateral work, I don't shorten my fucking reins because my horse's fucking mile long neck is stretched out in the most basic semblance of "suppleness". Usually Bobby goes right to work at home, so I don't really have a good warm up plan to work through this anyway.
But today he started off just as distracted and tense as he can get when I do nothing but sit there and randomly steer him around. Awesome! Something useful to work on! As long as I put my leg on, his canter work is pretty much a breeze, so I focused solely on the trot at first. Serpentines, lots of changes of directions, trot-three steps walk-trot transitions, trot-halt-rein back-trot.
And wouldn't you know? The pony got connected, got sitting, got lifting up front, and my reins kept creeping shorter and shorter and Bobby's neck came up and rounded. It's like magic when you actually ride.
|no dressage ride pictures, so have another trail ride between the ears shot|
With such a good warm up, when I asked for harder work, he delivered. Counter canter loops, leg yields, and 10 and 15 meter circles were super. Stretchy trot even rocked. We still need to work on leg yielding off the rail to X, and on 15m circles at A and C, but overall he's feeling pretty great for next weekend's show. Hopefully I can focus during that warm up, too.
One thing we still really, really suck at is the free walk to medium walk transitions. They're marginally better when I don't let my reins out quite so much at the free walk, but he still wants to throw his head once I start shortening the reins. If I take my time and stretch out the process all the way from say M to H, he's fine. But I don't have that much time in a test. We have to be trotting by C. Any suggestions?