Wow, how is it already Friday again? I guess I should chat a bit more about last weekend before I get more media this weekend!
So I hauled Slider on his first little field trip and he was great. I had his saddle and boots already on in the trailer so I put his bridle over my shoulder, my helmet on my head and unloaded him. He was just a bit nervous, but not whinnying or spooking or anything like that. I led him around the arena for a few minutes and then climbed on.
Aimee did hold him at the mounting block and lead him a few steps and then we were on our own. You guys, he was tense, but otherwise perfect. We walked all around for several minutes and worked on steering and not jigging sideways.
As you can see the actual arena has no fence, but there is perimeter fence about 15 feet away from the arena. I thought this would be a good challenge, and he never left the arena, yay!
He finally took some deep breaths and licked and chewed so I decided we should try out the trot. The moment we picked it up he relaxed even more! We trotted all around and over the poles and I didn't feel a moment of nervousness from him (or myself).
When I decided to pick up the canter he was somewhat confused. So I decided to get up off his back like on the track and let him cruise at the trot and eventually into the canter. OMG! He finally gave to the bit when I did that! Don't ask why it took so long for me to try, I don't have a good answer.
I have done that for a few rides now and he is starting to realize he can give even when I'm posting! When we did pick up the canter he was so good. Never once did he try to speed up and only once did he act sassy. It was so minor I can't even call it bad, just sassy.
After going both ways in the canter we came back down to the walk and he was 100% relaxed, even happy to stand still.
I got off, loaded him back in the trailer and headed home where he got a bath and some hand grazing. He is a champion.
I also rode Prisoner that day and his dressage is really coming along. I think he relaxes a little more every day that we don't jump.
Here is a short video with both the boys
Then if you are really bored you can watch this longer video of Slider
Tip: Skip the first couple minutes to skip the walking.
And that my friends is how to have a great weekend!