A Tale of Two

11081075_10153740747233012_6610242836538065825_nOh Bother.  The human has gone and brought another horse to the barn.  It was great just her and I, long walks down the road, eating carrots ringside…. Those were the days.  Now, the little devil pony from my past has come back to haunt me, and eat my carrots.  I know my human didn’t want me to be lonely and all when she isn’t here, but to bring THIS pony, why?  She is so cute and little that even I find her worming her way into my heart and even my food dish.  No other horse can do that!  How does she do that!?  Now whenever my human comes to play with me we always have to play with HER too.  It does have its advantages.  Like when she is working with the pony I get to wander around and scrounge up a little hay and grain that has been dropped in the indoor, but that also means that Ru is getting the carrots and I am not.  Still, my human doesn’t forget me and secretly I know she loves me best, even if I have to share 🙂

Ymir

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Ymir is thrilled to have Ru visit

Hello!

As spring approaches, well technically I guess it is here but it was below freezing with snowflakes falling from the sky yesterday I have added a horse to my daily plan.  Ruach was born on ‘our farm’ nearly 6 years ago.  We camped out in the barn for days and days waiting for her, and of course the one night we don’t sleep in the barn Molly decided to foal.  Ruach is a medium-high spirit Left Brain Extrovert with a lot of play drive, and an eye for the naughty.  She likes to move quickly and is super smart.10425173_10153740747173012_1323290077899458003_n  I have of course worked with her before but this month will hopefully be consistent work to make sure her space and respect skills are up to par.  We will also be working on liberty and double liberty with Ymir.  I am also testing Ymir’s skills as a ponying horse.  Yesterday was a good start.  Riding Ymir and leading Ruach (or Ru as we call her) is as fun as it is challenging and I look forward to doing a lot more in the coming month, getting them both ‘legged up’ for the season.  My last two rides on Ymir have been AMAZING we have been working on correct posture and bend on the ground and it is really translating to our riding, the canter is where I feel it the most, he feels like a fancy pony!  Yesterday’s task was all about the downward transitions and making them balanced without pulling out my arms as he likes to duck his head down right after the transition.  It was really hard for him to come balanced from canter to trot but as an added bonus his upward transition from trot to canter is coming along really well.  He even worked up a good sweat!  I can’t wait for what the next few rides will bring.  Happy mud season!

Amy

Tricks for Treats

10369593_10153686004828012_2599370445158534706_nAnother blustery day in the woods.  This pooh bear is a little tired of the wind.  Wild scary things can creep up on you in the wind, it is always better to run first and think latter.  Except after 3 days of high winds, my legs are a wee bit tired. Oh well, at least with the wind my human is also not inclined to do any extra exercise.  We have done some playing, but mostly slow work, and lots of tricks for treats , my personal favorite.  My human has been asking me all kinds of questions and it is kinda fun, but don’t tell her I told you so.  She has gotten a little tricky that human.  We played the sending game the other day, and boy did she get excited.  She was very firm about the space that she wanted, and didn’t much care if I was in the way.  Good thing I am a quick study and soon figured out that move meant move NOW not later.  Shocking.  We have also been working on the pedestal, front feet on, back feet on, and even all four feet on.  It isn’t as easy as it looks, trust me. However, it is one of my new favorite things because I don’t have to put too much effort in to get a treat 🙂  The human also seems to have been touched by the trail bug, and every time she comes and rides we end up going AWAY from safety.  I do have to admit, the change in scenery is nice now and then, but doesn’t she know the dangers of walking alone?  Anyway, my winter coat

leaving half the pony behind one day at a time...

leaving half the pony behind one day at a time…

is starting to come off, and there is even some bare ground in spots so I am hopeful for grass soon.  Salad anyone?

Ymir

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Happy Spring!

Or, it should be.  It is currently about 20 degrees with a cold arctic wind steady through the day.  Ymir and I have gone on a few rides and actually gotten out on the trail twice but other than that not too much riding.  We have been working on a few new concepts.  First lifting a foot on command, which will move on to spanish walk and leading by a leg.  That has been a really fun one for Ymir, and he now thinks it is cute to do more often than not.  I guess it will be harder to un-teach that one than to teach it in the first place…  The second has been turns on the haunches away and towards me and adding in the pedestal.  It is really hard for him to move his heavy and dominant front end, and we have made so much progress even in the last few weeks!  I am very proud of him.  You can see some of this in our video of the week, links at the end.  And lastly we have been working on play.  This weeks focus being playing with barrels.  When they are standing up I want him to push them over and when they are down first he was rolling them, now he is putting a foot up on them, next I would love if he had the idea to jump it.  It is hard thing to be teaching in such a big space but online I think he will grasp the concept pretty quickly.  We are also starting our online level 4 by using driving reins, in this case two 25′ ropes through a surcingle and attached to the halter.  I am pretty excited about this step in our journey to level 4.  Level three online and liberty auditions are complete but I am waiting for freestyle to be finished before sending them all in for assessment.  I hope to have my green savvy string by June.Screen shot 2015-03-22 at 3.45.12 PM  I am also branching out to help a fellow boarder get her mare ready for summer riding so come back soon to meet Pearl 🙂  Warm and spring-y thoughts to you all,

Amy

New tricks and liberty

Driving lines  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOyCFVMhpd8