Calm, Forward, Straight

Calm, Forward, Straight

Thursday, September 9, 2010

In the Arena #23 - Progress

Beautiful, beautiful day... fall is knocking at the door!

I stole a couple of hours around lunchtime and had a very productive ride. Looking straight through not at my horses ears and having an exact destination in my mind really helps with our steering issues. We were motoring around quite nicely today. Things were going well so I decided to move on to the trot... sometimes you can get the most energetic walk when you really want a trot lol!

There was some resistance when I asked for the trot... head tossing and crow hopping. I focused on staying on my seat and persisted quietly with lots of positive reinforcement. We did several transitions and I quit on a good note - but I could tell something wasn't quite right. After dismounting I saw that my saddle had slipped forward onto Val's shoulders - a couple of inches of the sweat marks from under the saddle pad were visible. I have been experimenting with how much to tighten the girth - apparently today was too loose... lesson learned.


  1. It's always good to have a plan and your ride sounds like a good one even with the saddle slipping. Enjoy the wonderful weather while it's here. Hope you have lots of rides this week.

  2. So glad you are enjoying this wonderful weather! Val sounds like Keil Bay - when something isn't right he not only knows it, but has something to say about it! Once you know what all the different things mean, it gets a lot easier.

    It sounds like he was saying walking was fine with the loose girth, but trotting... not so good!

    If Keil Bay bobs his head when I mount, I don't even get on - if nothing obvious is amiss with saddle or bridle, he needs the chiropractor for sure.


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