Photo by Margaret Chant and edited by Jessica Metropulos

Monday, November 30, 2009

Oh, Heavenly Day

Oh goodness, I could not have asked for a more marvelous day with my horses, today!

So that blog I wrote a couple days ago about partial disengagement? Yeah, I was definitely onto something. Today, though it took a bit of time for her to find that sweet spot, Prin was a stretching MACHINE, online. It was absolutely amazing to see her truly come through and over in her body--this is something we've been struggling with for a year! I can feel major changes in our online coming, very VERY soon--this is the key that we've been missing to flexion on the 45' line, quality in close range circling at liberty, and a happier horse on the circle in general. This is the key to better finesse. I cannot believe that it finally clicked. I'm SO proud of her! I'll try to get some pix ASAP.

In other news--I taught LB the beginnings of driving today--just started out in zones 3/4/5 with long lines. She was a little unconfident with it at first, she was downright confused as to how I was communicating with both sides of her at once, but she got the hang of it, and picked up on some basics right away--she now knows "Whoa", "Step", and "Back" all verbally, and ground drives walk/halt/reverse fairly well. I'm trying to convince my dad to get me a harness for her for Xmas, so we shall see where this goes. Little horse LOVES having a purpose, and honestly, she needs to start pulling some weight around...chubby little booger!

So that's where it's at tonight. Feeling VERY happy with how things are going out there, and SO proud of my girls!

Savvy on!

3 comments:

Brandie Gean said...

Fran,
Do you have the Karen Rohlf stuff? She uses on line exercises like the one you mentioned and others. I love her stuff- goes so well with what I am working on:)

Brandie

Fran said...

Brandie--I don't have it, but I've been exposed to some of it (would love to own it someday!), but struggled a lot with finding the sweet spot online--just had that focus wrong. It is excellent information, for sure, I wish I could afford to buy it right now!

Brandie Gean said...

Santa? That is if you have not been too naughty...