Thursday, November 16, 2017

(Video) My 5th Ride On Beautiful Girl



This is officially my 5th ride on Bee, but I'd really say 2nd, since the first three could barely be called rides--they were more about getting on to see what I had and didn't have so that I could go back to the drawing board.

Today, there were more distractions, and she started out a little grumpy.  You can hear the planes going by (they're training at the base today) and it rained all night and is cold out.

I lunged her in saddle, threw the rope around her, bent her in on both sides, walked her around the arena and over the poles, and then mounted.

At 3:19, you will see her going to the side and backing up a little.  That is because she sees the obstacles in her path.  She does the same thing, but worse, when I'm ground driving her, until she gets used to going over them.  You'll see her think through and resolve the issue, then move forward.  A similar thing happens at the poles.  She wants to move them out of our way.  Horses are very unsure of themselves when they first have riders on their backs, and they feel less confident of their feet.  She doesn't want to take bad steps, so she tries to move the poles.  I think that's quite nice of her..and smart.




She was bracing against the bit today, so tomorrow I'll go back to ground driving.  I'd rather work on softness in the bridle from the ground than when she is also worried about balancing a rider.  For a while, I may be alternating between driving and riding.

Before and after, we worked on going through puddles.  Like most Mustangs, she likes the water.  I imagine it brings back times with her herd.  Every mustang has been to a watering hole with their mama.

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  1. Nice ride with Bee. She looks very relaxed and curious about the things in the ring like the barrel. Very cute playing in the puddle too!

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    1. She is nothing if not curious! One of the most curious horses I’ve ever worked with.

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  2. She looks like quite a thinker! I'm so glad you're having so much fun with your horses, and especially with your mustang. :)

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    1. She is a thinker, and yes, I am having a ton of fun! My trainer actually says that all the time. Remember, this should always be fun for you AND your horse! If it’s not fun, go back a few steps.

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    2. Oh, and that change of thinking to fun is the reason I run out there every free moment and play with my horses nowadays!!

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  3. Still a bit hesitant but over all I think she wants to be good. I would practice the one rein stop/give the haunches every ride with her just to be sure that if she does get startled by something she has the automatic memory of the one rein stop if you have to use it.

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    1. Good advice! I bent her in before starting, but I didn’t release her haunches until the end of the ride when he’d stopped taping. The reason I did is because I felt her bracing against the turns during the ride. Today I’m going to ground drive and release haunches from the ground. Maybe all set up a barrel pattern that we can weave through. I need to work on my hands, too, something that is easier to do from the ground as well.

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    2. Have you loped her much under saddle from the ground?

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  4. Padre never met a puddle he didn't want to splash in; he's gotten me quite wet a number of times. I swear he chuckles about it too.

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    1. That’s awesome! I love to see horses enjoy water.

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  5. She's beautiful and inquisitive ~ good! You guys are doing great!

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    1. Thank you! If we can get through this together, she may be a super fun horse on the trails!

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