Thursday, April 29, 2010

Panama being good

Despite his general level of excitement on Tuesday (probably due to the fact that we haven't been able to ride outside in a while, and there were other horses about), Panama was pretty good. We worked on not automatically trotting whenever I shortened the reins or went into my two-point, and I worked on keeping my heels down — when I can remember! It's not second nature yet, and remembering all the time is hard work!

We also worked a little bit on going through the big puddles at the barn (the video below). Panama hadn't been through water since our trails rides two summers ago. He doesn't like to walk through puddles — in fact, when I lead him around the barn, he has discovered that if he falls in behind me, I will pick the driest route. I was pretty pleased with how quickly I was able to get him to walk through these puddles. See him wanting to play in the water when I let him put his head down to check it out?

If you don't want to listen to the conversation between my sister (who had the camera) and my trainer, feel free to turn the volume down. If you keep the volume up, though, notice how I was so focused I didn't hear my trainer telling me to lean back? Does anyone else find it challenging to ride and pay attention to instruction at the same time?


At April 29, 2010 at 11:20 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I got yelled at all the time for not responding to my trainers' instructions, but it was really more a matter of me being gentle and responding in such small, subtle movements that the trainers couldn't see it. My horses will now walk through puddles like that, but once they get around running water that makes sound, it's a whole different story.

At April 30, 2010 at 3:40 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, that's funny because Panama has shown almost no hesitation at all when I've taken him through creeks -- much deeper, running water. It could be because we were with other horses that didn't have a problem with it, but I think it's probably because he's smart enough to know that he doesn't have to walk through a puddle when he could easily go around it instead. ;o)


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