Sunday, 26 February 2017

A productive couple of days

Friday I had a short shift at work so I finished at 3. Since it's still light until about half 5 now I decided to follow up on Ron's lunging lesson. Beth came to assist and we took him up the ménage since storm Doris has soaked the ground in the fat paddock. He was pretty up and alert but that's allowed given that he was in a brand new place, the horses up there were being brought in for the evening and it was feeding time for the chickens just behind the ménage lol. We did walk and trot in both directions with him again and he was super good, very happy with our little Ronpony's progress!
Then yesterday after helping move a pony to a new home V and I decided it would be a fab idea to go on a hack. It was hammering it down and super windy. I'm a self confessed fair weather rider. I don't know what possessed me to do this but I did and I didn't regret it!
Protect the saddle from the rain!

Clearly both thinking 'Why are we doing this?'
He was super good and we ended up having a fantastic time. We were out for about an hour and a half and he was foot perfect the entire time. We popped out briefly into the village but mostly just hacked around the woods and lanes on the farm and both ponies we superstars!

Friday, 24 February 2017

A lesson for Ronald!

Sam came out to see us again on Wednesday but this time she had another pony in her sights, it was time for a certain small pony to do some learning! The aim of the day was to start teaching him to lunge since we've tried before and didn't have huge amounts of success.
I'll be honest, I kind of failed straight off the bat at preparation for this lesson because it turned out I no longer owned a lunge!
Still, we cracked out a schooling whip and rolled with it and...he was really good! It took about 5 minutes to get him going to the left but once he got it he was quite happy going that way. She got mostly trot with some small bits of walk.
Then she turned him around to go right which took more persuasion, which she reasonably stated is probably because you don't generally lead a horse from the right so he's not used to us being on his right and asking him to move forwards. Once she got really clear in what she wanted she managed to get him going that way with him only making a couple of attempts to turn back to left.
After she'd successfully done both sides she handed him over to me to have a go and I was also able to get successful trotting with some walking in both directions.
I'm so excited that we've finally got successful lunging, she suggested I buy a lunge whip (duh), a different bit and some side reins, all of which I popped out straight after the lesson and got, to try him with in his next lesson.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

A visit from Beth

Beth came up to visit us yesterday and we decided to take Sunny up to the ménage for a play. He hacked up beautifully but was a little lazy once we got him in there and decided to try and see if he could get away with napping out of the arena. Following a strict talking to and the realisation that he would have to work harder the more he attempted to nap, he actually did some really nice work. After Beth had ridden him for a little while I got on for a quick play, had a couple of nice canters and showed Beth our leg yields then she got back on to hack him down the lane and he was perfect again on the way home. I definitely need to make going into the ménage a routine that happens at least once a week so that he soon learns that yes in fact we do have to work here and no we can't just leave!
1) Sit TF up Emma
2) My leg goes to shit when I ride in country boots

Literally all we ask is that you stand square why is your back leg asleep?

Thursday, 16 February 2017

How to Valentines

By having a super awesome and very tiring lesson of course!

Sam came out to us on Tuesday and we had our first lesson of the year to kick of our twice monthly lesson plan (I allowed January to be exempt from this because money and also I was super busy in January and wasn't able to arrange one). I specifically wanted this lesson to be in the ménage at the top of the lane because, as I've mentioned before, Sunny gets a little up and tense in there so I wanted Sam's input on that to help us settle a little more. She agreed that he definitely started out more alert than she usually sees him but just encouraged me to put him straight to work and get him thinking right off the bat so he doesn't have time to get worried about or focussed on anything but me. She reiterated that for now he's the kind of horse who needs me to ride every stride because his thoughts are not always the most sensible (She insisted that they're not bad, just sometimes not the most clever lol). Once I was on my game and making sure he was properly working he was a gem which meant that then he was allowed lots of little breaks where I didn't work him so hard but he still had to be completely focussed on me and ready to go again straight away.

Most of the lesson we worked on rhythm and tempo in trot as well as transitions and control at the canter. At the end we added on some leg yielding. I haven't really done any with him since our lesson in December because of him being so antsy in the ménage and I was completely honest with Sam about that then immediately regretted it when he fecking nailed it right off the bat. I should have said we've been slaving away at it! He was awesome, super supple and immediately moving off my leg without any need for back up guidance from a whip. He could do with being more responsive to requests for change of tempo through them but other than that I really can't complain. I think with some practice we should definitely be able to perfect them fairly soon.

I'm so glad to be back into lessons because I always feel super productive and ready to go out and win at life after a lesson. I'm working nights at the minute so my next day for riding will be Saturday so we'll see if we can replicate this ride without adult supervision!

Saturday, 11 February 2017

It's getting cold out here

So put on all your clothes.

And for the love of god please stop doing this.
I haven't ridden this week because I've been super busy and I'm working this weekend but I have a lesson booked for Tuesday so get ready for a ride recap very soon!

Sunday, 5 February 2017