Mon 1st June
Been really hot scorching days up here so haven’t done anything with the horses for a few days but today was hot but with a lovely breeze down in the field so we decided to reconnect to them with a wee bit of bareback riding 😉
Wed 3rd June
Very windy up here today but at least it’s dry. We decide to go out for a walk/ride in the fields next to ours and I think about riding around the lower field BUT there has recently been put into a nearby field a booming bird scarer to scare off deer in local silage fields. We never know when it’s going to go off or where exactly it is as they move it regularly…I hate it and today, with the wind, wasn’t a day for me to be overly brave or stoopid SO we walked a bit, I got on from a gate then off again and walked more and then got on at the gate again to ride up the hill to home and then do more riding in our Agility area. All went well and no unnecessary accidents as with the wind both horses had some wind in their tails. I really enjoy walked my beauty Bella out and it’s good for my ankle to get more exercise so that helps my post surgery too 😉
Sun 7th June
The weather, again, has made it a few days since i’ve been able to have a play or ride session with Bella. Today it is still a bit windy but dry and not too cold SO out to reconnect with my beautiful Bella.
< Back up through narrow gap
Draw trot >
< Trot poles
Circling with obstacles >
Walk, Trot and Canter circles in both direction with obstacles to watch out for 🙂
< Halt in a box
My gorgeous Bella >
< Is Bella posing at the camera? lol
Canter circles >
< Draw to me after circling
Nice walk fig 8’s >
< Nice trot fig 8’s.
Slowly getting the hang of ridden trot curves and circles >
< Clover leaf with bits of trot
Riding the Rail >
< Corners game still good
Riding the Rail >
Mon 8th June
Lovely to have some consistency with Bella’s play/riding today. It was easier and quicker to connect and she was relaxed and very light off the cues 🙂
And they had a lovely race to the top of the hill at dinner time too…
Tues 9th June
And today was another FAB consistent day of play/riding for us. Easy connection, light cues, quick play then ride with Mark and Stormy again 😉 🙂
< New game: Half circles on the move went really well today >
< Another new game today: Rolling Rock…backup, move forehand….
< Sidepass a few steps >
< DHQ and then repeat on other side 😉
< After fun ride with Mark we tried some sidepass again, going to the right not bad but to the left is still a struggle but getting there…
Last trot before getting off…I asked for a bit more energy and she did really well 🙂 🙂
LOVE this girl so much, this trot was fabulous <3
Video of Mark & Storm, Me and Bella riding together 😉 …
Thurs 11th June
Another fun day playing with Bella. Am adding more games and patterns so that they become more fluid together and adding some canter work now too. I have also started using the 2 x lighter, thinner lines instead of the heavy 22′ with the big brass snap as I feel she is light enough for me to be light with her now and also using the 2 thin lines allows me to put in more familiarisation with tossing one rope over her head for long reining and also to COD outwith the circle her direction.
Half circles on the move
Tossing rope over head, COD and long reining
Then we rode with Mark and Stormy again which was a lot of fun, after we did that I asked Bella to work just a little longer than Stormy so that we don’t make a habit of stopping together.
And before dismounting I try out some left and right sidepass again. She has been ‘getting’ going to the right pretty well as this is her naturally bent way of going (her body arc’d around my left leg and head to the left so movement goes to the right) but she has been quite sticky trying to figure out going to the left (her head and body bent to the right) as this is her naturally unbent/flexible side. SO, I’ve been trying it out gently and making sure she is relaxed enough to physically and mentally bend to the right so that we can then move to the left. She does it fabulously well on the ground but she did have quite a hard time figuring it out at the onset so it’s the same being ridden. Today though she has had time to figure it out and I’ve had time to figure out how to help her more. It’s not about pressure, it’s about energy movement by her shoulder which she has learned to move away from (ie. in our ground work) so I took my orange savvy string and gently swivelled it by her shoulder and she ‘got it’ 🙂
Sidepass to the right
Sidepass to the left..yeehaa 😉
Fri 12th June
Today we had a lovely session and a wee bit of Liberty and some long reining but then she got a shock from touching one electric fence that I forgot to turn off, remembered the other 3, and I think now I’m going to have to take the time out to reconnect with her as she is tossing her head up again….at least now I know it’s the electric fencing that has caused this and not something else…SO, we’ve turned all the electric fencing off so that she starts to become more confident about being near it and near it with me and Mark. Accidents happen but am really annoyed it’s put our progress back a bit BUT it is never a bad thing to redo stuff from earlier lessons SO I just have to help her get over her worry and I’m sure it’ll be fine again soon.
Some pics from today…
< Trot draw and a lovely connect >
< Liberty S2M trot
Liberty backup >
Connecting nicely >
< Long rein canter
Long reining around the arena >
Sat 13th June
Today I knew I needed to try to re-connect back to where we were a couple of days ago. She followed us on the quad bike to the agility arena and not too bad haltering so we played for a bit on a new Agility course I’d build last night. I then set her free to rest and graze with Stormy so that I could test whether she would halter up again as only playing once a day makes a habit of only being haltered once a day. She didn’t want to be caught the 2nd time for more play but seemed to be playing with me so we played a bit and then she caught me when I decided to play and treat Stormy. Once re-haltered I played with her and Stormy joined in at liberty and left things on a good note 😉
Agility 1. Straddle a log
Agility 2. Sidepass
Agility 3. Walk/halt in box
Agility 4. Jump
Agility 5. Weave
Agility 6. Fig 8’s in trot
Agility 7. Trot poles
Agility 8. Scary corner
Agility 9. Trot over tarp
Agility 10. 2 feet on ped and turn on forehand
Mid session YEEHAAA….
Two horse S2M
Stormy at Liberty
Bella scary corner…looking for more relaxation through this today, 2nd time was much better.
Over trot poles
Single foot on pedestal
Sun 14th June
Wanting to get my Connection back with Bella I decided go back to where we started 11 months ago with some liberty roundpen work. She can move away if she wants, she can come to me if she wants and I will follow or draw depending on what her body language is telling me is okay to do. With this ‘dance’ we can start off our communication again and she’ll soon realise we can get back to where we were last week and the ‘accident’ that spooked her will be in the past. Sometimes you just have to go back and repeat a lesson as often as the horse needs it and then gradually get back to where you were so that it all fits into place stronger and thereby the connection is stronger. Here’s some pics from our roundpen dance…
Mark then ponied Bella from Stormy around the field too and she was very good 😉
Mon 15th June
Today I decided to just go and ‘hang out’ in the field with Bella, do some mirroring, following her footsteps and seeing if she is okay with me being close, touching her etc. She was pretty good, I stayed with her for about an hour, moving with her, moving away to give her a break and coming back. Towards the end I also gently threw a savvy string over her neck to ‘catch’ her and she was fine, also stood in front of her and lowered her head with the string to ask her to let me take it off with relaxation and I did that over 10 times in the last 15 mins which was fab. She was very good, only moved away twice but didn’t go far and stood waiting for me after the turn too so much better than yesterday. Her spookiness is lessening and I want her to not be ‘worried’ if I want to catch/halter her more than once a day SO this was a good start and I will keep repeating haltering/leaving/haltering when I it feels right to so that multiple catching during a day isn’t thought of as bad 🙂
Tues 16th June
A very hot, muggy day today so definitely no riding for us but another Agility session for us which was a lot of fun and felt much more connected through it all 😉
Mark and Stormy had fun too….
Weds 17th June
Played and rode Bella for a bit, she is still a wee bit sensitive to touch but worked on a lot of familiarisation of patting her shoulders, back, chest and neck afterwards to help her. She is getting easier to catch again which is nice and following the quad bike again too 😉 Here’s some pics from today…didn’t do a lot but it’s been 6 days since I rode her and 5 since the accidental touch of the electric fencing (which has now been totally turned off) 🙂
< Doing a forehand towards then away for a COD >
< Last bit of COD
Swinging the rope for Familiarisation on the move >
< More familiarisation >
< Loose rein riding, she was quite good at turning from my focus/energy/weight/leg cues >
< She was forward but not fast today
< Nice halt over pole and then I take the reins up and do some nice serpentines 🙂
Lovely trot at the end
She had sticky feet at the end so Mark jumped on Stormy and we followed him around for some more confidence 😉
Thurs 18th June
Went and had a quick play and ride with Bella just before dinner time. I wanted to try a regular saddle pad with a small front memory foam riser as I got the feeling the saddle set up I have at the moment isn’t as good for her as I want it SO tried it, played with new set up and then rode in it and it felt SO much deeper and better with some rise at the front which is exactly what I wanted. Will try it again next time to confirm if she’s happier in it and can move better 😉
Saddle seems to sit better, thinner, lighter pad and front riser in place. I also did it up on the first and third girth straps (Wintec Wide’s have 4 and was using first and forth but changed that today).
Fri 19th June
Today, like yesterday, it has been pretty wet, drizzle to full on heavy rain SO only manage to get out just before the horses dinner time. Not the best time to try to play/ride, try new saddle arrangement again BUT needs must 😉 She was okay, saddle defo feels better and off her shoulders, deeper for me to sit to and am happy to keep using this arrangement for her.
Sat 20th June
Today we decided to get out onto the main part of the field for some riding with Mark and Stormy. They don’t get to graze this part until late Autumn and Winter so it has some lovely long grass. They did well, not snatching for grass and some nice ‘leap frog’ and ‘walk/trot side by side’ 😉
Sun 21st June
Another day for a change…Mark and I, Stormy and Bella, go out for a walk/ride along the Cateran Trail. Nice weather and they did brilliantly, they went further than they’ve done before and Bella went over the wooden bridge on her own without worrying…she is SO cool. I walked most of the way but before the big hill at the end I mounted and rode her home. She was so good sidling up to the stone wall for me to get on her 😉 Love it when all the play and training works when you need it to 😉
Tues 23rd June
Today the farrier is due at around 10am so we decide to go down to the field and ride them home, get their feet done and then ride them back to the field 😉 Great idea, bit drizzly so we got a bit wet and with the drizzle and muggy weather we had a few midges at home BUT they were fab. Snatched at some grass and trees along the way but fab to sidle to gate and also big stone for mounting so again the training is working brilliantly and I got to ride her twice today which is not only the longest I’ve probably ridden her but also the earliest I’ve ridden her 😉 Really enjoyed it 😉
Was just lovely to hack out with Mark and Stormy today. She was perfect in every way and with nice feet now too 🙂
Weds 24th June
Today was very hot and both Mark and I were tired SO we decided to just go down and ‘be’ with the horses today as expected they were too hot too….yup, they were…
Fri 26th June
So hot and humid today, too hot to do much with the horses apart from groom and put more fly spray on but I manage a very short bareback ride on Bella for fun.
Sat 27th June
Managed to get out with the horses just before it started to pour with rain. The horse flies were quite bad and she was quite distracted so had a few stops and not wanting to go forward but when she did go she was lovely and she started getting that lovely big trot that covers the ground really quickly 😉
Mon 29th June
Today we managed to get out between rain showers here and I wanted to test my new Prolite front riser gel pad which goes the length of the saddle with extra padding at the front over the withers. Last time (previous post) she was reluctant to move forward much and I wasn’t sure if it was the weather, being away from Stormy or just stubbornness SO today would be a test. First we did some ground games and then I had the first ride with the new pad and then I had a ride with the old system of just a normal pad and a pad just at the front of the saddle…
< Canter circles
New Prolite saddle pad….reluctance to go forward with flow
Old pad just at the front and she was eager to move nicely 😉 Just goes to show that changing things about is necessary to find what’s right but listening closely to the horses feedback is the key 😉
Tues 30th June
Well the last day of June already…where has the first half of the year gone? and another muggy day with a LOT of horseflies (we call them clegs up here) so it was very hard for Bella to concentrate on what I was asking but we had a wee play anyway and despite the darned flies we had a good session. Here’s some pics…
< pole circles
Sidepass over cone and pole >
< Trot through narrow gap with relaxation
Out of gap and DHQ for halt >
< 2 feet on ped
Sidle over log >
< Back up off log
Trotting up with just neck rope >
< 2 horse draw and then connect to walk forward together >
Bestest horsey hug >
< Good hug from Bella too
My babies >
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
Update on our Riding skills. These patterns used with my focus/energy/weight/leg cues will encourage Bella to turn with those cues and I’ll be using my reins less and less.
- Corners. This is the updated version of P2Ps, now without the obstacle we focus on the corners and use them for a breath halt and trying not to use the reins unless needed.
- X-Box. Using the centre as X where things change….direction, gait, pattern.
- Clover Leaf. Straight lines and curves again using X as the centre to halt after the rotations of the leaf pattern thereby building more walk and trot and less halt.
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
Training your horse to come to the mounting block for me is an essential technique. To train them to come on either side is not only a good technique but also fun and helps them, and us, to be more symmetrical. I taught Bella to sidle on the left when we started to back her last September. Coming over on the right I started a couple of weeks ago I think and now it’s fun to try either…or both…
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
No video this time around.
This time with our Agility I decided to try it first at Liberty…just for fun and to see what would happen. I wanted to see what our connection was like, would she follow me, would she ask questions and try things out or would she be needing to be with Stormy or run off?? Here is what happened in pictures….
- Feet in hulahoop
- Trot poles
- Cone fig 8
- Water tray
- Distance touch nose to barrel
Afterwards I decided it was a good time to try riding some of the obstacles and again she was brilliant 😉
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
This is putting the ‘head down’ task to the purpose of bridling whilst sitting down. Bella has been learning to put her nose into the noseband with a bit of head down but her head has to be much lower when I sit down to do it SO this is the next stage of training for this with the goal to be a refined, good version…it is a work in progress 😉
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
Fri 1st May
What a great start to the month. Today we had quite a few FIRSTS….
1) First ride in different area
2) First proper ride with Mark and Stormy
3) First ride in main field with Mark and Stormy
4) First ride around big round pens and all the way back to the agility arena with Mark and Stormy
5) First time putting 2 feet onto pedestal while ridden
I was SO happy to ride in a different area and with Mark and Stormy. Using all the patterns we’ve built up over the weeks we managed to use transitions (backup/halt/walk/trot), P2P’s to many obstacles including jump wings, barrels, tyres and cones, Circles, straight lines, LF & DHQ. I really enjoyed riding with Mark and Stormy and we need to build that up more and more over the next few weeks so that it doesn’t concern us and we can start using some new games to play with them. Here’s some pics from today…
First time ridden pedestal
Sat 2nd May
And what a fabulous 2nd day to May we had today. Weather a bit cooler but a great day for a LONG walk out with the horses. Mark rode Stormy and we followed in a huge semi-circle of field around their field. Went along two tracks, 4 huge fields, along the river, had some grazing, played with a fence post on the ground and generally had a lovely time. Storm and Mark had a good ride out with plenty of walk, trot and canter and Bella and I got really connected and had a really nice time out and about exploring. Bella was so calm, attentive and happy to walk out carrying our ‘stuff’ in the bags on her back.
Sun 3rd May
Today I had some FIRSTS with bella. First try at a Liberty session. First doing Liberty Agility. First Ridden Agility and First full Cloverleaf pattern ridden around my 2 big roundpens and tyre/cone circles 😉 🙂 That’s 4 FIRSTS and I’m smiling from ear to ear. She coped with the agility without a problem and with the help of treats she stayed with me the whole way around the agility course and did a fab job with all the obstacles….so proud of her and really showed me how far we’ve come in the 10 months she’s been with us 🙂 Here are some pics of the Liberty agility, ridden agility and then riding the cloverleaf in the big field area….
Feet in hulahoops>
< Under the Curtain
< Trot over the tarp
Trot poles >
< Raised Labyrinth
Trying the curtain again >
< Ridden weave
Halt on the jump pole >
< Back off jump pole
Walk/halt/backup/walk off tarp >
< Walk over poles
Through the labyrinth >
< Over the water tray
Stand in water tray>
< Circling round pen walk
Circling with some trot >
< Nice curve coming on her right side
Focused on the centre of the cloverleaf >
< Relaxed and understanding the pattern more and more as we do the 4 circles >
Weds 6th May
Today Mark brought the horses back to the house for an early farrier visit tomorrow…
A lovely ride back for Mark and horses calm, happy and knowing their destination 😉
Thurs 7th May
Today the farrier came early to trim Storm & Bella’s hooves. They did it so quickly and really helped us out as neither of us do the job fast or easily anymore. Pic of them eyeing up the Highland cows opposite their field.
Storm and Bella being trimmed 😉
And after all that I got to ride Stormy and lead Bella back home today. This was my first ‘hack out’ for a long long time and it felt good. Storm was a calm, safe boy and Bella moseyed along beside and behind him perfectly. I know soon this route to the house and back will be Bella and my first ‘hack out’ together and I’m really looking forward to it 🙂
Fri 8th May
Went down to have some play with Bella and Stormy today. Didn’t do too much as quite tired today and ankle/achilles is sore but we did some nice bits and connected well.
Circling and a sweet moment with Bella
Halt with feet over pole and then putting that to a sidepass to the jump wing
Labyrinth used as trot poles where she looked where she was going and kept a lovely trot
Sidepass over a jump wing both ways
and then 2 feet on pedestal
Then Stormy showed Bella how to do 4 feet on the ped again
Sidling to the mounting block to the right and left 😉
Sat 9th May
Didn’t do anything today as very tired myself but went and fed them their dinner and hung out with them for a little while. Always lovely just being with them doing nothing, it’s when you often see the sweetest things 🙂
Sun 10th May
Had a rest day yesterday so today we went out and I was going to play then ride Bella BUT when we got down to the field it was blowing a really cold wind from the north and it was hard to think. Looking up the weather forecast we could see the weather deteriorate from the north with predicted -3 tonight SO as there are trees before and after our house we bought the horses home for some respite from the constant wind.
Bella and Stormy did a good job again coming back to the house
We’re SO glad we brought them home as we put their medium winter rugs on around 8pm as it was freezing out there…bruggghhh
Mon 11th May
This morning after breakfast time and I’d poo picked the paddocks I saw them sleeping in the sunshine together. This is what we miss when they’re down in their main field down the road and I LOVE seeing it when they’re here…..just lovely to see them happy and relaxed together 🙂
Around mid afternoon we decided that just because they’re here at home we can still do something with them for fun. Normally they are only here in Winter so everywhere is covered in snow but as it’s Springtime we have a whole area to explore now….the moor behind our house. So today this was our challenge…for Mark to ride Storm and me walk Bella in-hand up on the moor for as far as we can walk. We did a lovely trip with two hills climbed and I think the horses enjoyed themselves as much as Mark and I did 😉
Going up the first hill from horse paddock and home. Both horses calm and Storm leads the way well. He’s been up this bit before.
Bella is connected to me while still watching where Storm goes but she’s not worried when he goes further away.
Lovely on the flat bit of moor, Bella and I stroll companionably along
Storm ahead and we’re okay with that. Start going up the 2nd hill that winds it’s way through the heather
Mark and Storm wait for us to catch up on top of the hill and then I get to take a pic of them both with Mark before we turn and head back for home.
Well…after a few snatches of heather as both horses can’t resist it 🙂
Bella watching Storm head for home still lovely and calm and probably wondering what the walk was all about.
Bella taking in the view, orienting herself and making notes for our next walk out. Storm and Mark going over one water ‘obstacle’ well.
Love these gorse bushes all in bloom at the moment and where we do the other water ‘feature’ which both horses take in their stride 😉
Gorgeous Bella did the walk out beautifully and I feel us getting closer and closer to when I’ll ride her out on these wee hacks.
Tue 12th May
A bit of a windy, cold day so we all took a rest day but we did get out and give Bella and Stormy a touch of grazing while we gave them a good groom.
Wed 13th May
Today I decide that it’s a good opportunity to ride here from home…maybe the start of ‘hacking’ out if she’s okay to ride here.
< I first walk her up and down the place we’re going to ride to get her used to it and to help me know that she’s okay with it all.
I then mount her at the end of the paddock where there’s a big stone we use as a mounting block and ride her back down to where Mark and Stormy are and stop at the paddock gate.
She was absolutely fine, we walked along the grass verge as it’s more comfortable for her barefoot feet.
I then took her back up with a bit of trot and back down again twice more before going a little bit further past Stormy, back to the mounting block to dismount and then walked her back home nice and calmly.
It was a lovely introduction to hacking out which we will hopefully do more of soon 🙂
Thurs 14th May
Today I decide to ride Bella again, this time a wee bit further and with Mark and Storm accompanying us which makes it a lovely FIRST HACK OUT for us all 🙂
I really enjoyed it, past fears of worry from Solly my previous horse, are fading and it’s so lovely to be able to ride out again.
Great mounting and walking slowly up the hill
Following Stormy is great
I walk back down the hill to rest her and make sure she’s okay
Back down the hill I remount at the stone and ride the short distance home 😉
Fri 15th May
Today we did further and longer on our 2nd hack out with Mark and Storm..yeehaa. We went onto the moor beyond the hill gateway, we went a wee bit without Stormy and we had a few more trotting sessions 😉 Really enjoyed it and I love that we can do this from home, little and often and build Bella’s world confidence and re-build my confidence hacking out too 🙂
Sat 16th May
3rd Hack today when we took the Bella & Stormy back to their big field a mile down the road. They have done this route quite a few times now with Mark or Me riding Storm and leading Bella from him…so I knew she was happy about the route. Riding from the field to home and back again may be this years main ride as with Covid-19 about we don’t want to ride into the village this year.
Here’s some pics from the ride 😉
I used a slightly different halter/bridle set up today. Rope halter same as normally use but it has rings on the sides. I have added a chin strap that also has rings on the ends which loop through the halter loops. This way I can use it as a regular rope halter on the bottom loops, a sidecue from the regular halter rings but also I could put the clip on reins onto the chin strap loops which when used will very slightly tighten the chin strap but won’t over tighten due to the material and width of where you hold the reins 😉
I am going to be using this for a while and also her lovely Transcend Sidecue leather bridle to get more softness on her face and more refinement in our riding.
Tues 19th May
Today we went to play with the horses but I’ve not done anything with them for over 2 days now so decided to play with Bella to re-connect to her and then play/ride Stormy to get me back in the saddle and working my stiff muscles. Pics from the day….
Jumping fig 8’s
Sidepassing between cones
Trotting over poles and a tarp
Placing feet and then playing with Stormy while Bella watched
I did a lot of ridden P2P Corners game and then some X box games with Stormy all loose rein, tomorrow hopefully do it all on Bella 😉
Wed 20th May
Lovely day for horse play and I had a new ‘toy’ to play with….a Unicorn SpaceHopper that friend Kat bought for me. It was a lot of fun and Bella didn’t mind it at all…thought I was a bit crazy when I sat and bounced on it though! LOL
< Long reining with Transcend bitless sidecue bridle on. I want to ride in this but needed to know if we had riding cues on board first….left and right ok but halt and backup a bit sticky.
< Tried out a rope combo bridle too which can be used as a sidecue or with an active chinstrap…sidecue was good SO decided to ride in this too as it takes us from riding with reins under the chin to reins on the sides which is the progression I want.
< I rode with both reins, keeping the under chin ones loose and using the new side ones most of the time. She responded nicely to it and now my task is to ride this way all the time working towards loose rein riding too so plenty to keep us occupied 🙂
Thurs 21st May
Today after morning rain showers it turned out to be a nice day so out again to ride Ms Bella. We played and walked the field tacked up and I mounted her in the far large area with the jump wings for corner P2Ps which we did very nice with loose reins and the we did some X box which we did with slight contact to help her figure out the circle pattern.
I didn’t want to bore her so just got the basic games down and then rode with Mark and Stormy to the round pens where we did a bit of following them around a bit which was nice. On the way back to the mounting block in the agility arena to get off we did left and right sidepass along the fence line, it wasn’t perfect but it was our FIRST time trying ridden sidepass so was well pleased with her try for me 🙂
< P2Ps with loose rein for her to learn straightness without me on her face >
< P2Ps in trot too….picked up a bit of rein to help with accuracy as she lost the pattern a bit in trot >
< X box…the two ‘obstacles’ is were X is and X means change….halt, transition, change circle size, change direction. Using partial contact so that she didn’t get lost on the pattern I hope to be doing this loose rein soon once she understands what my focus, seat weight and leg cues mean 🙂 >
< X Box >
< Doing some circles and fig 8’s around the big round pens with Stormy and Mark watching >
< our FIRST RIDDEN SIDEPASS 😉 Not bad going to the right and a bit sticky going to the left, which is what I expected 😉 >
Sun 24th May
We’ve had two days of rain and windy weather but today it’s started to brighten up so off out to see the horses for an hour or two. Today I wanted to experiment with using a ‘normal’ headcollar for play and Bella’s Transcend Bitless Sidecue bridle as she has been developing a ‘head tossing tick’ which I think is to do with learning stress and the rope halters I use (I’ve dismissed allergies as it only happens when I think about training her and the rope halter goes on).
It all actually went quite well, we have some good comunication cues going on for both ground work and riding SO it wasn’t perfect but definitely workable and I will continue to test the halter and bridle out over the next week or so in the safety of the field.
We did have TWO FIRSTS today….(1) trotting over trot poles & (2) trotting a corner 😉
Mon 25th May
Another lovely day here today so keeping up the consistency of testing Bella working in halter and riding in bitless sidecue. Today I really didn’t even think about what was on her head, our connection and communication is really good and we had a lovely play session working on draw/drive, moving circles, moving fig 8’s, on the pedestal and jumps and then I saddled her up, put her Transcend Sidecue bitless bridle on and off we went. I do think that teaching the techniques has been really helped by using the rope halter but we don’t necessarily need to keep it on all the time, or ever, now 😉
We did much more than yesterday with this too working on turns in trot, riding the length of the field, riding some P2Ps and X-box in the top arena area in walk and trot and some lovely work following Stormy and Mark and also some ridden ‘leap frog’ game in trot with them first in the arena and then all the way coming back to the agility area 😉 Lovely day, she went well in the bridle and also was easy to DHQ-LF when she and Stormy scooted forward when a ‘bird scarer’ went off 😉 So happy with her progress….going really well 🙂
Here’s some pics from today…Ground work first…
< Backing up
Sidepass together >
< Sidepass together
Sidepass towards >
< Sidepass towards
Moving circles and fig 8’s >
<Moving fig 8’s >
< touch it – feet
Distance stand on ped >
< and nice jump >
Tues 26th May
A day off from riding today for me and Bella. I wanted to take her for a walk, have a change in training and exercise our legs along the main track past our field. It was a beautiful day for it and we had fun with Mark and Stormy along with us.
Pics I took….
Mark leading Bella up the field hill while I walked slowly.
Down track hill.
Along lovely long straight stretch where Mark and Stormy did a lovely trot and we plodded along quietly behind.
Lovely broom out along the track today.
Mark trotted and cantered in front of us and Bella was calmy connected to me which was fab.
Mark and Stormy waiting for us to catch up.
Pics Mark took…
Bella found a nice tree to munch on.
We did some nice walk/trot/walk transitions down the track here.
Up the last hill for home.
Took her straight to the water when we got back into the field….leadership bonding 😉
Weds 27th May
Did a nice bit of play again today and then saddled up and rode. We videoed our Lesson 8 which was about starting some patterns. Corners game, X-Box and Clover Leaf. So pleased with her progress, she is riding so nicely and her trot is coming along very well.
Nice circles with obstacles
Light back ups and sidepassing over a pole length wise
Lovely riding for our Lesson 8 video (on the Lesson video page >>>>)
Love that she’s happy to walk with me after I take her tack off 😉
Thurs 28th May
Something different today again so out for a small walk down on the field next to ours and Mark and Stormy walked around the perimeter while Bella and I walked across the field and back but then I got on her at the gateway and rode up the hill back to the field. This is our first time with me getting on at a gate and riding in a big field 😉
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
Just clarifying how DHQ should be done…walk into the space you create from the movement of the HQ’s 🙂
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
This is a safety issue as I see many people winding ropes around their hands or coiling them so please be safe, FOLD your rope so that your hands stays safe 😉
- Shelley – HorseSavvy
We tried these moving circles with P2P’s touch it’s to the jump wing obstacles a couple of days ago and she was sceptical and took a while to figure out the new pattern even though she knows all the parts of it. Putting more games together now is making our conversations more fluid but it does take time to progress to this refinement.
This video is literally just the 2nd time we’ve done this and I was blown away with the quickness of her learning. I did make sure there was a day between these where she had time to process the information and try again with new knowledge….here it is…
- Shelley – HorseSavvy