I can’t believe how fast one month goes. It’s so interesting working with a horse every single day, you start to expect and even depend on the daily interaction.
Mascot is a treat to work with. I am still learning to be patient and accept that he prefers to think things through when learning something new, rather than offer incorrect answers until he reaches the right one.
Our last week of this intensive training was spent building a bit of endurance, and asking a bit more laterally. Our ride times didn’t really change, I just asked for a bit more – so when we were cantering and he started to want to trot, I would ask for an additional 1,2, or 3 strides and then come down.
This method worked really well with him, and he started to wait for me to tell him what our next move was.
The lateral work was in preparation for our first show. I wanted to have something to use to keep his attention, and what better than a nice leg yield or haunches in to force every part of his body to be listening to me.
Our show went unbelievably well, we walked away with 2nd place in both shows that we competed in, and he behaved himself like a gentleman around every distraction imaginable.
To wrap it up – He is continuing to physically grow, so he didn’t build as much muscle as an older horse may have, but even so his top-line changed dramatically in this short time, and his stamina increased dramatically.
I will continue to update this blog periodically. Please feel free to comment or send me any questions you may have!
1 Chronicles 29:11:
“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.”