I seem to be drawn by some unseen primal force to sensitive horses.
Sensitive = Challenging
This is not necessarily a bad set of circumstances, but it does require a lot more thinking on my part, a lot more patience which of late I have little of, and you really need to be in the moment. If your mind drifts, so might your horse. At this juncture some of Journey remains a mystery to me. Though sensitive she is still inclined to brace against pressure, or instinctually move into pressure. If pressure is turned up because she is doing one of these things she clearly gets angry and is inclined to rear (talking ground work here). She inparticular becomes upset over front end yielding. Her energy shoots up and her feet become frantic. She has not found her place of relaxation in these exercises. I'm wanting impulsion which she certainly has, but I need to find the point where she can do this with flow, and a relaxed eye. We also cannot find "whoa" in any exercise that is above a walk. NOT GOOD. I'm keeping our groundwork sessions at an hour to an hour and a half. I've been breaking it up between different tasks thinking I'd sour her, but now perhaps I need to pick a poison a day and work it until I get that relaxed response I seek.
I'm still seeing a lot of brace to her neck when yielding her hind quarters. She is inclined to "think ahead" and anticipate the answer to the question before we get to step one, she wants to circumvent the process to step two. Step one being horizontal flexion, step two being step over/yield. She anticipates and just steps over. So I can see an hour session of bending this weekend.
"THE CURTAIN OF DEATH"
The curtain of death has become the entertainment center of the kingdom of horse. I'm not sure it will even last until my October ladies weekend camp out / obstacle / trail riding and cook out gathering. Big Cree has figured out how to stand on the corner of it, get his big rump on the tarp, and wiggle back and forth to scratch his itchies...if that tree limb the tarp is fastened to lasts it will be a miracle.
We are having another heat wave. Will hit about a 100 degrees today, don't know what the heat index will be but can't see riding Phebes in this heat. They'll be sweating standing still. What a miserable summer this has been! I wonder what ride numbers have been like in the midwest?
The clinician we are going to has expressed an interest in trying an LD ride with her mustang. She's a do all kind of gal, and it would be fun to do our first ride with clear back up on getting Journey off to the right start when the time comes.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association