I’ve started teaching the seven year old how to work Midas in hand. It was time. We’ve practiced leading before, and it’s always been a bit of a struggle for her to not run ahead, or perpetually circle left because she wasn’t comfortable with how close he is when you lead properly. He’s docile as… Continue reading groundwork for littles
I stumbled on some old pictures while looking for something else the other day. Oh Midas, memory lane! Before Midas, I rode and trained a cremello gaited large pony, and rode a retired show pony. Midas wasn’t the sole focus until 2013. 2011: Midas loved the Minstrel. Picked him out from afar and decided he… Continue reading throwback
There has been quite a lot going on in life, and there haven’t been any big excursions with the horse–but I AM still riding and working with him. In fact, we’re working on canter, and we appear to have gotten over another behavioral hurdle. It’s unclear how much of the problem was him, and how… Continue reading still riding
These pictures are a couple years old, but I just found them again and I love them so I thought I would share. Midas looking relaxed and happy? Something I never get tired of.
We made a discover in my most recent riding lesson: Midas was a western horse once. It started because I was picking up the reins to show my trainer what Midas can do with the bitless bridle. He was in a very agreeable mood, so I was quite surprised when he immediately backed in a tight… Continue reading the reiner inside
Today was our second proper foray into bareback and bridle-less. The first time was quite spontaneous, and went pretty well. We walked in a circle, then I tried trotting him up the long side and laughed at how very quickly steering fell apart. Then I fetched the reins and had a slightly more proper ride… Continue reading This horse
This post was supposed to go up in November. I’m not sure what happened! — I really need to make a new video documenting Midas’ and my continued skill development at liberty. I imagine it would show improvement “come” in particular. I haven’t been able to think of how to teach him to go to… Continue reading Liberty video