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
Spring means horse hair everywhere. Ev.ry.where. Also mud. Lots of mud. On the ground, on the horse, on the boots that will never look clean ever again. But it also means the grass turning green, which is a very nice color.
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
Here follows lengthy ponderings on horse training. Because it’s something I think about. A lot. – In 2009 or 2010, I had a chance to take a few riding lessons while the horses were on schooling board at a different farm. The lessons mostly consisted of Midas tearing around the ring like a freight train… Continue reading Training horse or rider