Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pre-riding rituals

So Monday Less Man got the day off, he deserved it. He celebrated with a Reese's p-butter cup- he loves'em! I love'm too so he has to share.
On Tuesday he was pretty "trippy" with his hindend at the walk and trot. He got better though and didn't stumble at all in the canter. He *spooked* :-o though and I don't know what it was about, it wasn't a big one, and we were at a walk- just a hard stop and small turn.
He seems to be a bit more "girfy" (I like to replace th's with f's :-) at the moment. Is it due to shedding his coat out? Due to muscle development? Has he gotten way thinner and I haven't figured out what hole the girf should be on? I had to learn the hard way that Less is a gify boy- too lose and too tight are both equally as bad in his opinion. I've learned to position him so that he can walk off straight and get a "feel" for it after the first few girf ups, he also gets treats, either a carrot or sugar so that he's taken a breathe and not holding it in all this fuss seems to help on most days. If not this is what happens. First his eyes get really big and you can see the panic in his face, then you hear the sigh/squeal/grunt, then comes the *bow* (which would be rather cute and impressive if it wasn't followed by more squealing and a leap forward) :-/ most times after this I can settle him, but sometimes I have to start the whole process over again- sounds kinda lengfy, but it's not. I've got this ritual down to a science. After we leave the barn I tighten it the last few holes and make sure the saddle isn't sitting right on his shoulders and withers- yay I learned how to put on a saddle last year um about 20 years too late :-x I then proceed and buckle that stupid strap on the dressage pro Wintec that goes around the girf to hold your flaps down- for 11 years I have said I'm going to cut it off. If I don't lunge him I always trot him in hand before I get on, here's why :-) Yesterday's tacking up went pretty fine, I got a couple of those *looks* , but he walked off calmly and we made it out to the riding area. We did are usual *pivots* and turns to reintroduce Less to his back legs and he did those with no prob, walking -no prob. I go to jog him and he *blew up*, squealed and just rounded his back and *hopped* high into the air, I don't' even think it was a buck. He did it again. We walked some more and then I jogged him again, head shake, but no hop. Walked, jog again and he's fine :-) I never get on him until he will pick up the trot in hand nicely and calmly and comfortably.
He was a bit full of himself yesterday, but they stayed in all day, it was cool out and the Event tent was delivered... he was very forward,round and he wasn't stumbly, but he just seemed really keyed up. We went and scoped out the event tent which really got him worried, but he didn't spook so I was proud of him for that. He'd prefer people be in the tent I think, it's really *scary* when it looks like the tent ate up all the people that should be in there.

Conformation shot, feel free to critique, (I know your first instinct is to say how purty he is )I don't know much about confo and don't care, esp with him... and he looks grumpy because I made him stand there without being allowed to graze on that yummy grass, I know I'm so mean....

4 comments:

inkeq said...

Seems to me like you know your horse VERY well! And yummm peanut butter cups, now I want one LOL!

I don't know a lot about conformation but he looks like Errika in that pic.
Ok, ok, I have to be typical and say he's soooo kkuuuttee! He looks healthy and happy, besides not being able to get to the grass below his nose. ;D

Thank You so much for commenting on my blog!! I posted more pics today :p.

greytblackdog said...

I can't wait to meet Less today and see his tongue trick in person for myself.

You know I don't know anything about confirmation. How you get him to stand there without grazing is enough to say he's perfect in my book :)

IHateToast said...

aw. i miss peanut butter cups. i also miss the stupid commercials for them from the 70s. who walks around with a jar of peanut butter?

i love his photo. it seems like the horse version of the "you can't make me smile for school photos!" i can almost see the spit you fixed his fringe with.

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

ihatetoast- I have spit on him before, but not for that photo, it's when I have to braid his mane is when he gets spit on:-p he is a PAIN to take pics of unless I want eating pics.

gbd- I had to stomp my feet at him and make him keep raising his head, hence the dirty look he's giving me...

inkeq- he is kuute isn't he? Even when he's pouting about not being able to eat...