I have been in a model horse hobby funk. I haven't been all that interested in them recently because I have been so busy with Ollie and I actually dropped out of MEPSA for this season (even though I had horses qualified for the Championship Show) because I have no time for it. I am hoping to pick it back up in August.
But things with Ollie have been very full. I rode him for the first time in a month, a month ago. We were walking down a hill on a trail ride when he bucked. I was relaxed (and SO not prepared for it-we were walking and he had never bucked me off before except once when I got on bareback at an angle on his neck and he did a tiny crow-hop and I just fell off because his back was slippery) and so I just slumped off into the ground. I smashed my nose on our dirt road (ouch) and it later looked broken (but luckily it wasn't). I got up and was wondering why in the world he could have done such a thing. I got back on (he was just standing there when after I fell off) and looked around again. Then I saw a huge Husky staring at us underneath a tree in the shade, growling. I decided the dog was probably why he bucked, so we continued on our way and everything was good until I asked him to trot. He immediately tried to swerve the other direction and then bucked three times. I was (luckily) prepared and did not fall off. With my confidence still on high, we continued down the road. As we got to another hill, he wanted to speed up to go over it and as I insisted on a walk, he bucked four times, but again I was prepared and did not fall off. After his last bucking session, I realized that it would be dangerous to keep riding him back home (which was about 2 miles away) so I got off and walked alongside him.
Still perplexed, when I got home I put him into the round pen where I put him on a circle. He bucked, and bucked, and bucked. I called my horse trainer that night and she told me that I had to stop all riding and do groundwork (LOTS of groundwork) to gain his respect. He did not respect me like he should. Because he was/is a young horse, because it was spring, and because he hadn't been ridden in a month-it was all contributing to the extra energy, and therefore, the bucks.
So, this past month his been a bunch of groundwork. My horse trainer Mrs. June (the one I talked to on the phone-I have two horse trainers) came and helped me out with some new things to do and some exercises that would get his respect back. We found some holes in his foundation, and fixed/are fixing them. At first when I started the groundwork he was very naughty, and would firmly say "NO" to me. But after a few things, he became submissive. We have bonded a lot over the past month, and I am getting back into the saddle this week, when my other horse trainer Mrs. Tia (Who is a four star Pat Pareilli instructor) comes out on Thursday to do some work with him. I will get photos of that, but for now I hope that some pictures of my last groundwork lesson with him will suffice.
|Look at that tail!!!! So pretty..and long (for a appaloosa).|
|My pretty gelding. Love him so much!|
Oh, and I almost forgot. Ollie came back from his daily turnout time a few days ago limping on the front right leg and with his back leg scratched up too. I did not see what happened, but I am guessing that he ran into some oak brush. He is healing well-almost no limp is detected when he walks, trots and canters, but I am still going to keep an eye on it. Hopefully he will be perfect by Thursday!
|Ollie in his stall with a poultice wrap to draw out inflammation.|