Kourtesy of Kal & Kin

The life and times of two draft crosses.
22.04.14

Today’s ride started outside in gusting winds. And then it started raining, which wasn’t too bad. And then it started hailing, at which point I gave up and moved the party indoors.

My bridle arrived yesterday, so today was our first time trying it out. So far, I’m really preferring it over my old one. It allows for much softer contact/aids, and Kal responds to it quite well.

There were jumps set up, so we played over those a bit. The whole moving indoors seemed to make us lose our focus, so I don’t feel like it was an overly productive ride, but Kal was good nonetheless.

No tracking because the GPS doesn’t work inside. We rode for about 50 minutes.

22.04.14

Today’s ride started outside in gusting winds. And then it started raining, which wasn’t too bad. And then it started hailing, at which point I gave up and moved the party indoors.

My bridle arrived yesterday, so today was our first time trying it out. So far, I’m really preferring it over my old one. It allows for much softer contact/aids, and Kal responds to it quite well.

There were jumps set up, so we played over those a bit. The whole moving indoors seemed to make us lose our focus, so I don’t feel like it was an overly productive ride, but Kal was good nonetheless.

No tracking because the GPS doesn’t work inside. We rode for about 50 minutes.

22.04.14

Almost 11 months, conformation
Finally shedding out

22.04.14

Almost 11 months, conformation
Finally shedding out

22.04.14

Conformation shot
(Don’t mind the sweaty saddle marks)

22.04.14

Conformation shot
(Don’t mind the sweaty saddle marks)

22.04.14

Taking a stroll in the new bridle

22.04.14

Taking a stroll in the new bridle

20.04.14

Kal was much less sluggish and grumpy today; I think she was having an off day last time we rode. Either way, she was fantastic today. The sand ring was perfectly dry, and they haven’t moved all the jumps in yet so it’s perfect for flat work.

We did lots of circles, serpentines and changes of rein. No stirrup work and leg yielding too. Kal is really beginning to show consistency with being “on contact”, while still moving forward. Her canter alone has become so much more balanced.

Distance: 6.80km
Time: 41 minutes
Average speed: 9.7km/h
Maximum speed: 30km/h

20.04.14

Accurate representation of their personalities

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Zoom

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Zoom

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18.04.14

Normally not this grumpy to jump. I think she was pretty wiped from hill work.

18.04.14

Normally not this grumpy to jump. I think she was pretty wiped from hill work.

halfbloodstrut:

just to give you an idea why horses shouldn’t be started too early imo…
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halfbloodstrut:

just to give you an idea why horses shouldn’t be started too early imo…

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18.04.14

The barn we’re moving to does not have any hills, so we’re taking advantage while we still can (10 days and counting!). Hill work is challenging, which is why we started at 30 minutes, and have slowly built up to 45 minutes.

Kal was sluggish today. I had to really encourage her to move forward. I added in more flat work to mix it up between the hills…lots of circles, figure eights, leg yielding.

Canter work was slow going, but good. We’re barely having any issue picking up the left canter lead now. We also popped into the grass ring on our way back, and went over the crossrail in there a couple times before calling it a day.

Distance: 7.0km

Time: 44 minutes

Average Speed: 9.4km/h

Maximum Speed: 30.4km/h