Monday, September 8, 2014

Red's Got Energy

I have a gross cold/sinus infection/lung crud and it's slowing me down a lot. This is, of course, annoying me to death. And as my energy is draining, my horses are feeling fantastic. This tips the scale in their favor, but fortunately they're kind beasts.

Yesterday a friend came over to ride Red. She's a good rider but about a decade out of practice. Red had been off for a couple days, plus the temps dropped a good ten degrees and he'd been in the night before because of thunderstorms. So I hopped on him first to make sure he'd be good. 

He was good, but definitely forward. After she did some wtc for awhile, I got on to pop him over two tiny jumps I'd set up in the ring. (I'd dragged some blocks out of the barn to use as standards and every single horse spooked at them on the way to turnout yesterday. Never would have guessed that!) I'd never jumped him so I didn't know what to expect really, other than assuming he'd be forward. 

HE WAS. The old guy took over two strides out the first couple times. We got on the same page eventually, but he's clearly happy to leave the stride out. When we got six strides trotting into a 60' line of two 2' jumps, I called it a day. 

I don't want to over-do it with him, so I'm going to have to be disciplined. He's a really good jumper and clearly LOVES it. Tempting to jump a lot, but better to just jump a little here and there for longer. That said, I'm going to look around for some tiny schooling shows in October. I'd love to just do the little 2'6" stuff, which I don't think we'd have to practice too much for, thus preserving his leg. 

And finally, I think he's looking better all the time. Not where I want him yet, especially going into winter, but getting there!


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  1. His progress is FANTASTIC -- you haven't had him very long!! <3 Redman

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    1. Thank you! I'm very pleased. And he's the best.

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  2. awesome that Red is doing so well! definitely seems like he has a motor tho! 60' can be four strides (especially he canters in and the fences are on the bigger side), but it should also be easy enough to add strides for trotting into the low-n-slow stuff.... in any case, he sounds fun fun fun :)

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    1. Right, trotting into a line of 2' verticals at 60' on a horse that wants to rush? I want the six. Four would be fine if we were cantering in and marching down the line.

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  3. Looks soooooooo much better. I love that he's still so into jumping!

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    1. Me too. Definitely an endearing quality. :)

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  4. Aw, nuts. I was hoping for jumping pics or video. Glad you are having fun, hope you kick that crud in a hurry!

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  5. He is looking fantastic!
    So much better then when he arrived, you are working wonders with him!!!

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    1. Thanks! The credit goes to beet pulp, really.

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    2. Beet pulp didn't magically get added to his diet ;-)

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  6. Wow he has filled out fast!! =)

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