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.

 

I use a Dr Cook’s bitless bridle. I previously used a Nurtural for many years, but found it didn’t allow for “light” contact/communication.  I like Dr Cook’s because I find it much less clunky and thick; you can a lot less rein pressure to achieve the same result.

There was never really an adjustment period for Kal, since I’ve only ever used the cross under bridles on her since I started her. That being said, when I taught lessons or rode other people’s horses, I used my bitless bridle. I’ve never encountered a horse that needed more than a few minutes to get used to the pressure. If they are halter broke, they tend to understand the bridle pretty quickly.

I use a Dr Cook’s bitless bridle. I previously used a Nurtural for many years, but found it didn’t allow for “light” contact/communication. I like Dr Cook’s because I find it much less clunky and thick; you can a lot less rein pressure to achieve the same result.

There was never really an adjustment period for Kal, since I’ve only ever used the cross under bridles on her since I started her. That being said, when I taught lessons or rode other people’s horses, I used my bitless bridle. I’ve never encountered a horse that needed more than a few minutes to get used to the pressure. If they are halter broke, they tend to understand the bridle pretty quickly.

14.09.14
So today was the actual official last ride at this farm (the trailering isn’t until next weekend). It was cool and windy today, and Kal had a few spooks here and there, but nothing ridiculous.
We stuck to the same routine, though I did add some trot circles in after our canter work. And Kal produced this powerhouse of a trot. She really pushed from behind and motored around with falling on the forehand. It was pretty impressive (and hard to post to!).
Kal trailers up here on Sunday. It’ll be nice to have my horse within a 15 minute drive again (instead of four hours!).

Time: 43 minutes
Distance: 4.83km
Average speed: 6.7km/h
Maximum speed: 22.2km/h

14.09.14

So today was the actual official last ride at this farm (the trailering isn’t until next weekend). It was cool and windy today, and Kal had a few spooks here and there, but nothing ridiculous.

We stuck to the same routine, though I did add some trot circles in after our canter work. And Kal produced this powerhouse of a trot. She really pushed from behind and motored around with falling on the forehand. It was pretty impressive (and hard to post to!).

Kal trailers up here on Sunday. It’ll be nice to have my horse within a 15 minute drive again (instead of four hours!).

Time: 43 minutes

Distance: 4.83km

Average speed: 6.7km/h

Maximum speed: 22.2km/h

14.09.14
Kin was great today. We had a lovely in hand session, followed by a deworming. Yesterday, I trimmed her hooves and she wasn’t as well behaved as usual. With the weather change and decline in handling, it made sense though.

14.09.14

Kin was great today. We had a lovely in hand session, followed by a deworming. Yesterday, I trimmed her hooves and she wasn’t as well behaved as usual. With the weather change and decline in handling, it made sense though.

12.09.14
Conformation. She definitely grew in the two weeks. She is now 14.2hh (14.3hh at the hindquarters) and 688lbs.

12.09.14

Conformation. She definitely grew in the two weeks. She is now 14.2hh (14.3hh at the hindquarters) and 688lbs.

12.09.14
Two weeks off, and Kin did not forget a thing. We had a super in hand session; she was on the ball and incredibly responsive. She also greeted me with a stream of nickering and whinnying, which was just so precious.

12.09.14

Two weeks off, and Kin did not forget a thing. We had a super in hand session; she was on the ball and incredibly responsive. She also greeted me with a stream of nickering and whinnying, which was just so precious.