Was busy Saturday around here. Tenawa went home on Friday. He had another week to go but kept coming up lame when Ilene, his owner, came over so we decided to take him to the vet to get his foot looked at. I think he has an appointment this Tuesday. Seemed like every time Ilene came over he would come up lame. Then the next day he was fine. Well, when she came to pick him up he was jumping, bucking, running around the round pen so she got a chance to see what I have been telling her. I’m sure he will be fine but it don’t hurt to have him checked.
Buddy has changed hands sense he has been here. He was being boarded at Sue’s place. She is the lady that has been putting on clinics for Kathy and I in the valley. Anyway, I got an email letting me know that Sue is now the owner. He is still going to stay another month with us. Sue is excited to have him in her herd and I think he is going to make a good horse.
I have been riding him the last few days and he is starting to really try to get in the program. I read last night that Circles and transitions are the cornerstones of classical riding. I think that Lisa Wilcox said that. She had done a ton in the dressage world. Funny thing is I have been telling folks the value of circles and transitions for a long time. Why? Because I think it is the key to a good foundation on a horse. His ability to stay soft thru his body will depend on how much we work on circles. His ability to step into a transition either from a walk to a trot or whatever, rather then leap in to a trot, depends on how well he understands transitions. The problem is, these lessons take time, the magic pill, and most people don’t want to take that time. It takes time for a horse to trust you when you put him in a circle. Takes time for him to relax, time for him to understand that he is feeling better and better the more HE does these exercises. The great thing is, once he figures this out he will hunt this softness, cause it feels good to him. It is easier for him to carry his rider if he is balanced and soft. That takes time. You don’t have to spend hours upon hours teaching these things. You just chip away at it every time you ride or work with your horse. The benefits are huge, if you take the time.
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