Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rondo's first ride

On Thursday my trainer rode Rondo for the very first time.

We've been very slow in approaching this point, primarily because Rondo can be unpredictable at times (I think he gets mad about being made to do stuff he doesn't want to -- he still sees himself as a big pasture pet).  There was also an incident a year or so ago where my brother-in-law's nanny tried to jump on Rondo's back, bareback and bridleless, in the pasture.  I don't know what he was thinking that would accomplish with an untrained horse, but in any case, the predictable happened, and Rondo threw him off and ran away.  So my trainer and I have been extra careful to go slow with him in case he has any bad memories of that incident.

My trainer sat on him bareback briefly last week, and decided to ride the first time bareback as well -- he can be unpredictable sometimes, especially when learning something new, so she decided that being able to bail quickly if needed was better than having the added security of a saddle. Rondo did wonderfully, though -- he had two minor spooks (one of which you can see on this first video), and otherwise responded well (considering it was his first time carrying a rider) to the reins, voice commands, and the barest hint of leg when needed.

They also did a little bit of trotting -- you can see that he is trotting a bit awkwardly, trying to figure out how to move with a rider's weight on his back, but he handles it well.

I am very proud of my boy.  I think he's going to be a wonderful horse to ride!



At June 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looking good! A big milestone - congratulations all around!

At June 24, 2012 at 5:13 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Rondo did really well. I like his trot. I don't know if you remember how long it took just for me to get Gabbrielle to move forward, so it's really a positive thing to have all that forward movement on the first ride.

At July 5, 2012 at 10:54 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, thank you! I was really pleased that he did so well, especially since he was so resistant way back when we were teaching him to lunge. He seems to really have started liking his work, now that we are doing stuff he finds more interesting!

NM, I do remember! I've been lucky that neither of my horses have had too many problems with movement. Rondo was reluctant at first, but that was solved early on while we were still teaching him to lunge.

As for his trot, he has some really varied trots. He has a nice even-paced trot, and when he gets excited during playtime, his extended trot is quite flashy! Can't wait to see if he'll bring that out during work too as he gets better at figuring things out!


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