Sunday, March 16, 2008

In hand and obstacle course practice...

On Saturday we went to Jessi and Nash's place to work through some practice patterns. It was a great experience for both Nash and Remington.

Remington was feeling pretty lazy so we really need to work on our trot offs in hand. His back through the L also needs a lot of work. He stands well when I pick up his feet, and he really watches his feet over ground poles! Last weekend we had a discussion about trailer loading, and I am happy to report he has jumped right in since then.

Under saddle needs some transition work and we are still struggling with the bit. This weekend we were able to canter again and he is learning to pick it up from the walk. Not bad for the minimal amount of opportunities I've had to work on the canter. He also gets the correct lead almost every time. His spin is coming, he is learning where to place his feet and beginning to get quick, we have also been working through the gate. I don't have any video of his spin or the gate work, so you can look forward to seeing that next weekend!

Jessi and Nash are doing pretty awesome, as you'll see in their video! Jess was having trouble posting her videos, so this weekend Aubrey took some video and I put together a clip. You can see both of our videos below.


jules said...

I admit I don't know much about the whole process, but WOW! I can't believe how far he's come in such a short time! He looks great fun, a lovely floaty trot & v responsive. WOW! I bet he'd be good to jump, have you tried? Do you talk to him a lot, use voice cues? b/c he seems to be paying you lots of attention & concentrating really hard. Is that his nature or b/c he's young & new to all this?

He's looking so glossy & beautiful, mmm mmmmm ... I think you'd better get that 'donations' button up: I can't bear to see him go! What does your other horse think of him? Got any pics of them together?

Jessie said...

Thank you Jules! He really is a smart horse. I do talk to him some, but he mostly responds to my seat, leg, and rein cues. I know he just wants to do the right thing.

My other horses think he is just a gelding, they are mares so they do the squealy thing and run off... silly horses. I will have to get some photos of all of us together. He is much bigger than my girls!

Tracey said...

You're both doing a great job! Have Jess start her turns a bit sooner and she won't be running into that pole when she does the L. She may be seeing it as starting too soon from her angle, I don't know, but she needs to start asking a couple feet earlier and she'll get it.

Aren't these guys just too lazy? People tend to think they're crazy (well, an occasional one, maybe), but they're the laziest horses I've ever worked with, lol!

Jessie said...

Thanks for the tip Tracey, I'll be sure to let Jess know. I need to set Rem up a lot better for my back through on the ground as well.

Talk about lazy!!! I had to bring the spurs out on Sunday just to remind Rem what leg means!! That silly horse, he perked right up though. Must be that self preservation instinct???

Beth said...

Couple of thoughts:

The bit: What kind of bit are you using? is it a three piece snaffle bit?

Getting him used to the bit: What about lunging him in side-reins until he learns to give to the bit?

If he is ignoring your leg could it be because you are over using it? Could you be using your seat more? Just thoughts!

You guys can come meet me and Sam at our Barn if you need somewhere "new" to visit and haul too. I am probably just a little over an hour from Madison area.

Jessie said...

Thanks Beth,

The bit in the video is a 2-piece pinchless snaffle bit. I started him in a french link full cheek, and I am going back to that because I think he may have a lower palette. I wanted the french link pinchless, but they didn't have it at West 20, they had taken them all to a show :-(

I have not worked him in side reins, mostly because I am not comfortable using them. If you've got any tips, I'm all ears :-)

He is quite responsive to my leg, especially when I want him to move laterally, or move his hind/front end. I just brought out the spurs to get him MORE responsive, if that makes sense? When I say MOVE I mean MOVE type of thing.

I appreciate the tips a lot! Thanks for looking out for us.

Beth said...

I could send you a dutton dog bone d-ring snaffle, but you have to promise to send it back. I ADORE dutton bits!

I could lend you a pair of side-reins too. What I would do is put him in a round pen (or small pen), warm him up first, then put the reins on. You can put the buckle part on the d-rings of your western saddle (by the cinch) and then put the clip to the bit. I would have the reins as long as they will go and let him get used to the feel of working against himself, then slowly bring them back.

Mine are pretty long, so you could be all the way back to the tightest hold pretty quickly. I will work my side-reins in a saddle, but I mainly use them with my surcingle. That will help him to learn to be soft and give to the bit.

Jessie said...

I have never heard of that type of bit, but I am all about expanding my collection, where do I get one??

It sounds expensive...

I may give the side reins a try now that you mention it, just to see if it will help him settle in.

Beth said...

I could lend you mine, to see if you like it. I was lucky enough to find this one on ebay, but you would have to have one custom made at National Roper Supply (About $95). The dog bone doesnt come ready made in a d-ring or o-ring cheek. (I dont like full cheecks on young horses).

The dog bone is just softer on the tounge. Its also a no pinch variety.

I rode Sam in it a couple of times and he went really well, very soft. I also worked him in side-reins in it, that went very well.

email me your address and I will pick it up from the barn today and send it to you. I have a d-ring french link you could try on him too if you wanted.


Jessica Schmitt said...

Hey Jess the videos look great thankd again for posting one on me and Nash.