Yesterday I got both Murphy and Luke out for their first ride of the season. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos to prove that I worked with my horses so you'll just have to take my word for it. I haven't figured out yet how to take pictures of myself lunging or riding the horses. Maybe I can get my husband to take photos next time.
I haven't ridden either horse since September of last year, so I didn't think I'd be getting into the saddle. I was planning on saddling them up and doing some ground work, but it was way too tempting. Once I've gone through all the work of putting saddles on, I can't resist climbing on board.
The ring was still pretty wet. Even where it looked dry, the horses footprints filled up with water. So I didn't want to run Luke and Murphy around and tear up the ring. I just had them do a few trotting circles on the lunge line. Then in hand I had them do some turns on the forehand and haunches, back up, and had them flex and give to the rein. Then I mounted up and just walked them around doing the same sorts of things until I felt them relax.
Pretty good for the first day out. The boys were a little nervous at times, but no bucking or even hissy fits. I'll have to work gradually with them as they are way out of shape.
Today I took Java for a walk in the park. She's real good on leash until we come upon other dog walkers or non-dog walkers. Java gets a wee bit over excited. She wants to meet and play with everyone in a bad way. In her enthusiasm, she lunges at people and dogs until she reaches the end of her leash (which I've already shortened to heeling length), and flips over backwards. It's soooo embarrassing.
I'm not embarrassed...
Not sure how to work on this one. I need some friends like Cesar Millan (Dog Whisperer) has to walk their dogs past mine several times until she learns to calmly walk on by other dogs and people.
I hate to pay for another obedience class just to work on this, although I'm sure we could use some work on other things as well, but I haven't been that impressed with training classes I've enrolled in in the past as they spend most of the time on things we've already mastered.
The walking paths were for the most part ice and snow free. The river is pretty clear of ice too.
Although some ice flows are only in the early stages of breaking up.
Right now, the wind is shaking the bejeebus out of the trees and it's supposed to start raining later this evening so I'll need to bring the horses in.
The weekend went by way too fast. It always does.