Goodness! What is THIS move? This is the picture I about fell on the floor laughing at. Although, I am pretty surprised at the extension and flexibility I have in those legs. I know that my horse is on the tall side. But I did not realize that I put so much gusto into my leap up. Also, I think many riders mount by facing the back of the horse and turning the stirrup. I have never done this. When I was young I had a pony that tried to bite me in the hiney when I turned around to mount. Maybe I developed the habit of mounting this way to make sure I could keep an eye on the horse's head, er- teeth. Or maybe I just like to do things my own way. Whew! I am in the saddle. I really prefer to use a mounting block when I can. I hate pulling on my horse's back. Once I mount, I have a ritual that I do. I lean forward and slick down My Boy's mane. Not that it even needs fixin', but I always do this. Always.
Have you noticed that my horse's expression hasn't really changed in all of these pictures? What do you think is going through that equine brain of his?
I do a little flexing to each side before we walk off. It's a nice check in. And to remind My Boy that giving to the bit is key.
We worked on our walk. Walking with momentum. Like we are going somewhere!
A little work with the softening exercise I learned from an episode of Ken McNabb's RFD series. Lots of turns, pressure on the bit, and immediate release once he gives to the bit. Also, flexes at the poll, and change in direction.A little jogging, and some trotting out, too. No loping today. The arena is still a bit slick on the corners from our previous week of rain.
Goodness, it was warm. I love those days. Personally, I'd much rather be on the trail then going in circles in an arena. This schooling work is just a time passer for us. But it's important to keep both of our skills fresh.
My Boy's got that dang expression again!
Aww....that's better. Pony Girl always knows how to get her Appy pill to smile!