Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Draw Reins FTW!

Lunging :)

Hubby has to work last night so I had roughly 1.5 hours to get everything done at the barn and get home.

Got Henry, tacked up, lunged and got on. Trainer was still there so she told me to ride in draw reins. When we are in the arena alone- Henry tends to be bright eyed, head up and bushy tailed! It's like his frame goes out the window so she said to hack him in them so that he has to stay.in.a.frame!

I warmed him up then got to work.

Transitions was the game of the night.

About half way through the ride he was at a point where he was listening to my body SO well that I barely had to use much leg and he was sharp as a tack to do what I wanted- AWESOME!

I ended letting him trot around on the buckle and all was good in our worlds :)


Cooled him out, untacked, groomed, blanketed (plus blanketed 2 other horses) and took him home with his grain and hay.

I had made a super yummy soup in the crock pot so a warm dinner was waiting for us all!

Lesson tonight, something Tuesday, hack Thur, hopefully the Chiro Fri and lesson Sat :)

26 comments:

  1. Yay for a good spin.
    Love your outfit & saddle pad matchy-matchy, I could never buy a light coloured body warmer/vest/gillet thing. My girls are slobberers (especially Kika) and they love nothing more then nosying at me for scratches when bridle comes off.

    I'm looking forward to lesson report tomorrow :-)

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    1. I didn't realise i was so matchy matchy! I was in navy and white and my pad was navy, maroon white with white polos! haha go me!

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    1. :) They are great in the right hands lol!

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  3. Draw reins, great idea for him! Thanks for the blanket love, this hot/cold weather is so annoying!

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    1. Yeah and he couldn't win bc it gives me leverage for his heavy self!

      Np :)

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  4. Glad it worked- sometimes it's good to temporarily use gadgets to help them understand what is expected of them, instead of just fighting fighting fighting! The first few shows I took Wiz to, I lunged him in vienna reins so he'd know he could "look" but still had to "work," and he got the message pretty good! Henry is so adorable :)

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    1. Yep and it's not something we rely on - just use as a reminder. :)

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  5. Yea for a good ride! the soup sounds yummy I have a crock pot and need to use it more!

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  6. Looking good :) Henry's clip job looks so nice.

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  7. FTW? Having a brain fart. You guys look great!

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  8. I think draw reins, german martingales and neck strechers all get a bad rep. When used CORRECTLY, they are so helpful especially when teaching the young ones, or reminding the old ones their jobs...

    And yay for being light and responsive!

    I have a crockpot but have NO idea how to use it. It would probably be really helpful and easy to use, but I threw away the instructions, so I just have no idea. :-(

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    1. YES!!! I agree 100%!! In the wrong hands anything can be bad but in the right hands- they are useful tools!

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  9. Love, love, love rides like that.

    And crockpots FTW too! I luff mine a little *too* much.

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  10. He looks super great in that top photo. Don't worry I totally rock a white barn vest too, cause why not! lol

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