This is a blog of my two draft crosses, Kal and Kinsley, and our adventures together. This blog contains bitless riding, barefoot trimming, horse training, and equine fitness & health. This blog does not contain anything to do with: bits, horse shoes, or abusive riding/training.

 

20.10.14

There was some sort of Parelli “clinic” at the barn yesterday (bleh). They left their crap all over the arena, including these construction cones. Kal took quite a liking to them; they made good head rests apparently.

20.10.14
Good ride today. I went at a later time than usual, and then barn was hopping (farrier, screaming horses, dogs, other boarders, etc). Kal was a little distracted with all the noise, but we still came out with a really productive ride.
I didn’t do any cantering today. Instead, we focused on adding more to the trot…circles, transitions, figure eights, serpentines, leg yielding. We found her ‘big’ trot without it coming from the end of canter, so that was pretty neat.
Her shoulder ROM was fantastic afterward, but I still gave her a post massage.
Time: 50 minutes
Distance: 4.5km

20.10.14

Good ride today. I went at a later time than usual, and then barn was hopping (farrier, screaming horses, dogs, other boarders, etc). Kal was a little distracted with all the noise, but we still came out with a really productive ride.

I didn’t do any cantering today. Instead, we focused on adding more to the trot…circles, transitions, figure eights, serpentines, leg yielding. We found her ‘big’ trot without it coming from the end of canter, so that was pretty neat.

Her shoulder ROM was fantastic afterward, but I still gave her a post massage.

Time: 50 minutes

Distance: 4.5km

17.10.14
Another good ride today. I added in some more circles, transition work, and figure eights with trot poles. Kal handled everything well, and continues to be sound. I would really like a saddle though. Bareback is great and all, but it does get a bit old after a while.
Though I do notice Kal is much more willing to stretch down into contact, and really move forward at the trot. Just another sign her saddle wasn’t fitting her.
Kal received her usual pre- and post-ride massages. Everything is remaining relatively loose, though brachiocephalic’s attachment was tight following her couple of days off over the weekend. It is slowly and surely releasing.
Time: 50 minutes
Distance: 4.2km

17.10.14

Another good ride today. I added in some more circles, transition work, and figure eights with trot poles. Kal handled everything well, and continues to be sound. I would really like a saddle though. Bareback is great and all, but it does get a bit old after a while.

Though I do notice Kal is much more willing to stretch down into contact, and really move forward at the trot. Just another sign her saddle wasn’t fitting her.

Kal received her usual pre- and post-ride massages. Everything is remaining relatively loose, though brachiocephalic’s attachment was tight following her couple of days off over the weekend. It is slowly and surely releasing.

Time: 50 minutes

Distance: 4.2km

15.10.14
Four days off, and Kal was her typical fantastic self. We stuck to pretty much the same things as Friday: lots of trotting, trot poles, leg yielding, some canter work.
It has been quite humid and hot here, and Kal was not too happy in her winter coat. We took many walk breaks. She didn’t have quite her normal energy level, as was to be expected, but she still did really well.
Time: 45 minutes
Distance: (approx) 4.1km

15.10.14

Four days off, and Kal was her typical fantastic self. We stuck to pretty much the same things as Friday: lots of trotting, trot poles, leg yielding, some canter work.

It has been quite humid and hot here, and Kal was not too happy in her winter coat. We took many walk breaks. She didn’t have quite her normal energy level, as was to be expected, but she still did really well.

Time: 45 minutes

Distance: (approx) 4.1km