[Français en-dessous] This was the first liberty session we did in the big arena. I was really proud of him because last time he was free there, he just jumped over the fence and went to see the mares. So I was really impressed he came back so easily to me.
To follow : a video of him laying down.
And today is a big day for him. I'm gonna put a rider on him this evening ! Normally, my boyfriend will record it so I'll have a video for you guys. So don't hesitate to follow us ;)
Voici la vidéo de notre première séance en liberté dans la piste. J'étais vraiment contente de ce qu'il a fait car la dernière fois qu'il a été lâché dans la piste, il est passé au dessus des barrières pour aller voir les juments... Je ne m'attendais donc pas à ce qu'il revienne si facilement et si vite vers moi ! .
A suivre : une vidéo de lui au coucher.
Et ce soir, c'est un grand jour pour lui puisqu'on va mettre son premier cavalier en selle. Normalement mon copain va filmer afin de pouvoir vous montrer ça ;)
Following Custards illness and consequently blindness in one eye and limited in the other I never thought I’d be out showing him again .. last year we ventured out in hand and this year he had a win and a reserve champion .
We actually did a Ridden class although hot 🔥💥was an understatement !!!! But he did a foot perfect show but panicked in the line up .. still we are going from strength to strength ... 👌🏽💪🏽we will be back ! 💪🏽🐎 #spanish#stallion#purarazaespañola#survivor#iberianhorse#prestallion#caballoespañol
This morning we headed up to @hipicacanvila, a delightful hotel, restaurant and equestrian facility in the Sant Esteve de Palautordera valley, and I was able to tick something else off my summer holiday bucket list - riding an Andalusian🐴horse on Spanish soil. This beautiful bay gelding was called Tango, and just like the drink, he was sweet but with a little fizz. Something to keep in mind when you’re aboard a horse as powerful as he. Needless to say, I’m hooked. My next steed will surely have to be an Andalusian too.❤️
Riding leggings by @blackheartequestrian, show shirt by @animo_is.
So last weekend me and pearl went and did our first ever clinic with the amazing Bruce Logan who came all the way from Texas to work with us over here.
Not only did I learn so much for me and pearl to crack on with but I also learnt my consistent and patient action with my wonderful mare has paid off.
On the Saturday she loaded on to a trailer for the first time since she was a foal straight away (she has been on lorries since) 😍
She then after a difficult journey walked straight into an indoor arena (her second time in one) and proceeded to be relaxed and listening to me despite being around unknown horses.
She handled the whole weekend with grace and calmness and I rode her 3 times in which she was perfect.
On the Sunday she walked straight on the trailer and travelled home beautifully.
Consistency really does pay off and it was also wonderful for me to have so many positive comments about her from the other people there.
Raising a young horse from a foal has definitely been my biggest challenge but I know we are doing ok 😍 .
This snippet of canter may not seem like a big deal, but this was Niamh’s first week working camp, her fourth time teaching a student, her first time cantering with a kid, and her fourth time transitioning cleanly from canter to trot. What a day! #greenhorse#iberianhorse#lusitanocross#pssm#epsm
Great work Ezz!
Okay. All the bits are falling into place for stepping it up in terms of what we can do. Esme is fit and strong, I'm good and plenty of exercises are becoming really easy. For example, I don't school a ton of half pass as it's more a way to check where you're at as opposed to building collection, but lately I've been asking for more trot and canter half passes and she really shines! Her just slides on over sideways like it's no big deal. Esme's typically supple like a snake. 🐍
But I'm stuck in this mental rut where I don't think I'm good enough to train Ezz to perform flying changes. Of all the awesome training and incredible experiences I've had, I've never helped horses learn how to do a change. I've ridden horses who knew them and horses who weren't yet there in their journey. But I'm not as familiar with the middle ground of introducing them and finding the way through it. This one damn thing holds me back and I'm annoyed by it. More recently I've been dipping my toe in and asking her to give it a try. We'll figure it out. Wish us the best of luck.
Manchmal läuft es einfach nicht, wie man es sich vorstellt.
Heute war es vom Wetter her mal wieder angenehm und eigentlich perfekt zum reiten. Also bin ich voller Motivation zum Stall, holn Poldi aus der Box und ab da ging es los. Poldi war nur am rumhampeln, weil die Fliegen ihn beißen, Fliegenspray an den Beinen (da wo die Viecher beißen) findet er scheiße und springt von links nach rechts 😑
Auf dem Platz ging es dann fast durchgehend so weiter. Man konnte keine 5 Meter gehen ohne den Kopf nach hinten oder unter zu schlagen wegen den Fliegen. Als wir dann das Aufwärmen soweit überstanden hatten, war an ordentliches Arbeiten mal wieder nicht zu denken, da man wieder einmal nicht mit dem Schenkel oder der Gerte nachtreiben bzw. die Hinterhand aktivieren konnte ohne dass Poldi den Kopf hochreißt und anfängt zu rennen 😑
Manchmal frage ich mich, warum ich das alles überhaupt mache. Solche Tage sind irgendwie echt unbefriedigend. 🙈