This summer has been crazy (in good ways) so I haven't found time to blog. And when I did get on blogger all I wanted to do was catch up on you guys. I don't kneel where exactly to start. At this point I am not riding as much because the little red mare I was on is getting ridden a ton (other lessons horses are sick or lame) and the little grulla mare is getting a workout too. My friends daughter has been riding the little red Arab and there's a good chance she will buy her. It has been a blast teaching her. I forgot how much I like teaching. It almost makes me wish I had a few more students but I don't have my own barn and I surely don't have the time to travel to someone's house.
Dickie is coming along nicely. It's been hot (for this region) and he isn't in the mood to be exciting when it's been hot for a few days. I trotted him in the big arena for the first time. It's super distracting there with the open walls and attached paddocks so the previous attempts were les than successful laden with leaps and bucks. He is a funny guy. He does really well when you push him to something new then totally walk away from the new thing. He might throw a tantrum but when you come back to it all of he sudden he knows how.
One thing I noticed is my crap ass riding isn't helping him. It's been so long since I have ridden a horse that doesn't know leg means go so I keep getting all naggy w my legs. I also need to drop my stirrups a hole or two so I can be more affective. Until now I have been in defensive mode so I anted the security of a short stirrup. I am hoping to ride him outside a bit because inside is boring both of us. However he hasn't quiet proved his safety yet. I might try it next week.
I will keep you posted. I would post pics but blogger won't let me from my iPhone. Does anyone know how?