Jewels: Obstacle Training

Jewels and I began a new training session this morning. I started with some ground work using a flag. We did some walk, trot and canter lessons for a short time. A few pressure and release exercises, moving her front and hind quarters, and finally side passing along the fence. Just enough to get her into a learning mode. It’s now time she moves on from the boring activity of the exercise pen. We finished setting up the obstacle course this weekend. It doesn’t consist of much, but it will work for the time being. We’ll grow it gradually as time goes on. I have all sorts of ideas for new ones, and my husband is pretty sharp about utilizing the materials we already have.

Jewels and I walked out to the big lot. She’s spent a couple of days nosing around and investigating the new obstacles. She didn’t seem to mind that they were occupying her space, so I’ve been feeling pretty confident now she will do things she’s never done before. We began a few circles on a lunge line near the teeter bridge. She’d already been over it without a saddle on. She didn’t even balk at it the first go around. While circling the area, I directed her onto the bridge. She went over the low side first, then the high side. It didn’t bother her at all. I even asked her to stop on it and let it teeter back and forth. I got this, mom. No problem! I asked her to step off and lunge circles, again.

We slowly worked our way over to the logs. She went over those with much forward propulsion. I’m glad to see she doesn’t hollow her back out any longer. She just floats over the ground effortlessly. Jewels is finally graceful while traveling along and she looks to be rocking back on her rear end as she moves forward. It’s beautiful to watch. I’ve noticed when asked, she picks up the inside hind foot to push off in to canter. Another lovely move on her part. I drove her over to the big jump and worked a few circles around it. When asked to take the jump she flew over it with ease. We changed directions and she went over it again. I felt that was enough obstacle course for the day.

We finished out our session with some riding skills. Our transitions from a walk to a slow trot are a bit rough right now, so we’re working on that.  I’m also trying to get her head vertical and looking through the bridle without being heavy handed on the reins. I’m trying to apply as little pressure as possible when changing gaits with a slight pressure and release on the bit.  We stop if she propels forward to fast and start again. She has a naturally fast ground covering walk and trot. I don’t want her to forget it, however, I do want her to put it in low gear when asked. All in all we did great today. Every time I work with Jewels, she gets better and better.  My diamond in the rough.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Daily Rambling, Horse Training

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

"It's better to ride even if you get thrown, then to wind up just wishing you had." - Chris LeDoux.
Past Rambling
Categories
Follow High On Horses on WordPress.com
Blog Stats
  • 4,797 hits
Good Reading
Instagram
Mickey's peeking at Gems. #aviary #aviary #aviary #TheBestOfMe
Tweet Me

Member of The Internet Defense League

Saddle Seeks Horse

striding toward harmony at home and barn

I sadlen

Hesten, Pigen og Stalden...

CJ

JOURNALIST

Urban Equestrian

Riding and writing

Purple Headspace

A tangle of thoughts

A Horse For Elinor

Dressage On A Dime

Horse Crazy Once Again

Regaining my original passion and finding my way in a horseworld I don't recognize

Major the Puzzle Pony

The transformation of a horse through love and devotion

Endurance Exploration

Where endurance is enchanting

Horse Sense

"Horses teach us a lot, very little of it has to do with horses"

Eldy's Little Shop Dog Grooming

Techniques and Insights

One Word at a Time

Just another WordPress.com site

Kicking On

riding around the world

Interesting life of a Nobody

Artist, Farm Life, Horses, Career, Photography, Animals, mentors, children, relationships

Chelsey Stimson

Never Give UP!

The life of Jess

What it is like living in the life of Jess!!!

Werner Nokota Horses

Bluebell Ranch Sweden

Jillaroo Jess

Memoirs of a country bumpkin..

Two Heads are Better Than One

But we'd be happy if everyone just tried using his (or her) own

libslayer2013

I'm starting this blog to hopefully educate myself and a few others about the situation in America

photobackstory

Word and Image

Natural Conservatism & Common Sense

A Sovereign Opinion on the State of the Republic

The top 10 of Anything and Everything!!!

The top 10 of just about anything everything, from cakes to cats and dogs to caravans. Always a laugh, always worth seeing.

Toes In, Heels Down

A novice philosopher turned equestrian...

%d bloggers like this: