I had another awesome lesson tonight! Do you know how good it feels to be able to say that? And even when the lesson is “bad,” like the one I had a few weeks ago when Dandy refused to turn and we spent the whole lesson working on getting him off my leg, the lesson wasn’t really bad because I still learned a ton and I didn’t leave scared. That is really the best part about the last few months, I’m not scared of him anymore. Not saying I’m 100% confident in my own ability yet, but that will come.
We started the circle of death, though we did it just with poles on the ground. I was working so hard trying to get him to collect and hit the stride but I didn’t start seeing progress until I started focusing more on getting to the poles in the center and less on where Dandy’s head was. JLE then started adding jumps and I would do the circle and then “veer” off the circle to hit a jump. The best part about today was that I didn’t feel scared about any of the jumps we went over and they were all set at BN height.
But, I actually have a question for all my readers. How the heck do you curry a horse who can’t stand the curry? I’ve tried everything. I have normal curry combs, fancy curry combs, soft face curries, the jelly scrub… Dandy can’t stand any of them and he is a dirty horse. He’s like Pig Pen. Thank the gods that he isn’t gray. Today I was using the jelly scrub and he tried to take my arm off.
So help a girl out, how do I get him cleaned from day to day without a curry comb?