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
What do you do on a near 80 degree day in February when you only have an hour and your fur beast still has his full winter coat? You do liberty work with the mounting block, and then you randomly decide to climb on him, without bothering to put on reins or bareback pad or… Continue reading Bridleless update
Windy day, freshly brushed mane…
Every week or so the Mice come to ride Midas. He is now thoroughly and completely desensitized to high voices and powerful lungs that exuberantly greet him from a distance. He’s also adjusted pretty well to being hugged–though I think it still bewilders him a bit. He is accustomed to children jumping away when he… Continue reading Mice and Midas
Originally published in 2014 on my other blog. This spring and summer I rode my burly foxhunter, Midas, through fields performing the one-rein stop every 10 steps or so in order to, 1) learn the thing, and 2) not be bolted with. Now we have pretty well mastered the maneuver as taught by Clinton Anderson… Continue reading Why the one-rein stop is great