Wednesday, October 30, 2013
I think I am on about day 25. that was yesterday. I lost track because of the days I missed due to rain last week and due to the fact that my schedule wouldn't let me work both horses. At any rate both horses are doing real good. I am presently working on the intermediate GW and riding. Most of the GW exercises we know and we are attempting to work on the second riding exercise which is riding a cloverleaf pattern at all three gates so that the horse is following his nose on the bends and staying straight on the straightaways without wiggling all over. Also there can be no resistance or breaking of gait. We are making progress. I also have my fencing all up, which was another reason for my missing some days. I just need to hook up the electric and install two gates. Then I can pretty much just leave my horses in their new area. I may have to put them up in the barn if the weather gets real nasty, because they only have a leanto to get out of the weather. I am not sure how much they will stay in there and the barn has enclosure on most of the four sides so much more weather protection. My next project is getting my riding arena put up and my barn built.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I wanted to update anyone interested on what I am doing with horses. Over the last 3 weeks or so I started to take my horses through a 60 day course of training/refresher of the Clinton Anderson fundamentals/Intermediate and Advanced course. I am on day 19 today, that is if I am able to make the time to do it. My schedule is pretty busy today. They are both doing real well. We are working on the Intermediate level exercises. They know all the exercises but two in the GW and we are working on the riding ones more. Some of them they know others they don't. I still need to watch the dvds on those exercises so that I know what CA is looking for. THey will be fun, rollbacks, shoulder in/out, changing leads, sidepassing are just a few of them. I plan on working on these for about the next 20 days or so then move into the advanced lessons. It is amazing how much progress/connection/fun you can have with your horse if you consistently work with them on a daily basis (4-6x per week) I am also in the process of getting my fencing put up so that I can move my horses to their new lodgings. I have their run in shed and their round pen finished. Most of the posts are in for the fence, now it is tightening the corners, running the wire, putting gates up and hooking it in to electricity. Then they get moved to greener pastures. I love looking out the back and seeing them grazing. I will post more later.