Friday, January 16, 2015

Trot. Who says you can't teach an old horse new tricks? Darrien's back ...

"Trot. How many times have you heard someone say, "Who You can't teach an old horse new tricks?  Guess what?  Darrien is starting to lift his back!"

We have been going "Back to the Basics" with our horses these past 5 weeks. In this session Susan asks Darrien, her new horse, to keep his back up as she balanced him between her legs and the reins. (Before this week Susan was riding him on a longer rein and simply following his head movement where ever it was) Darrien is not thrilled as this is when his past issues with connecting come up. He has a big trot and most riders in his past probably could not ride it. In fact, he was being ridden in side reins. You will see Darrien trying to take the reins from as she asks him to connect more from the back to the front. A few months ago, even in a double bridle (we put him back into a snaffle) he would "root" pulling Susan out of the saddle, rear and run. We are happy with the changes he has made since than. Now, we are getting ready to start competing again in a few weeks and are Susan is asking Darrien to balance more so that he back is up all of the time. In the next session we go into the canter and had amazing results!