|Ground ties in exchange for cookies and scratches.|
But once I pull her out of pasture and get to work, all the excitement and hope for the future seems tangible. Guys, she is just so gorgeous! I love this sweet, goofy bay horse. And although I am not looking forward to the hard parts that come with training (like dealing with early canter work), there is a great deal of the process that I love.
I few times the idea of sending her off to a trainer has crossed my mind. But. Every time I start thinking about who I would send her to, how would I ensure they would only do techniques I approve of and be considerate of her as a living creature and be fair in their training, I have to laugh at myself. I could not expect anyone to care about my horse like I do. Training a horse to me is not just A, B, C checked off a list of things to learn. It is building a relationship with trust at the base and building a thinking horse that wants to try for you. What I am looking for with Shiraz is not something I can get at a trainer's.
|Word 'canter' means leap like frog, right? - Shiraz most definitely.|
I have only ridden her a couple of times this spring since her winter off to finish growing. These first few rides have gone well and she is quickly getting back to where I left off last fall. She seems a bit too uncomfortable to just walk under saddle and keeps wanting to slip up to trot (which is so fricken smooth, omg!) so I will just keep working on relaxing her with simple questions that she can figure out and build her confidence.
|Lots of pets for a very good girl.|
Once I get in the saddle, I tend to ask for something other than forward. Sometimes we will just stand and do flexion exercises, or perhaps back up a few steps, leg yield, turn on the forehand or haunches. So far it has been working very well and she stands patiently at the mounting block and waits for my question without trying to walk off as soon as I get up.
|Apparently I tilt my head left when I ride, ugh.|