Note to self: Dandy can not go a week without working at all.
Which is something I knew but I was not in the best of places last week and, unfortunately, Dandy kind of fell by the wayside. I paid for my lack of involvement today. Dandy was an absolute pill.
The trimmer came out yesterday and Dandy did not want to hold still at all. I was sort of embarrassed, actually. First of all, Dandy has never acted like that. Second, I expect my horses to behave for the farrier, the vet, for me, or anyone else who might have to deal with him. To be fair to Dandy, LG fed late that day and I had dragged him away from his breakfast but I still do not accept this as an excuse for dancing at the end of the lead. Guess we will be doing a lot of groundwork these next few weeks.
Anyway, Leslie said that Dandy’s feet are looking really really good. The crack on his front right is growing out well and she believes that eventually it will go away for good. I took pictures of his feet today but because of his squirreliness he got his feet all dirty again before I could get pictures. So I only have his front left to show off today. More pictures tomorrow.
The frogs on Dandy’s front feet are expanding well but they still need some work. The left one is still a little beat up but it will get better! You’ll have to take my word for it that it was much much worse a few months ago.
Today I had a good ride once we got over the not standing still for bridling bit. It is so nice to have an arena to ride in now. Even though we had all the snow and the fields are slick, the arena is nice and dry and totally rideable in! Yay!
Before I got on we did a bunch of ground work to get Dandy’s mind back on me. We’re working on backing and paying attention on the line. Also disengaging the hindquarters. I just started that one and he picked it up within five minutes. Dandy is so smart. When I got on him we spent twenty minutes working on standing still at the mounting block. He’s pretty good but I want it to be perfect. There should be no moving until I ask for it. Next we worked on impulsion and collection at the trot. I really need LG to watch me for a few minutes. I’m really trying to get the impulsion and work on my seat at the same time. It’s hard. I think we got a few really good steps. The last thing we worked on was canter transitions. Boy does Dandy not want to get the correct lead. When we’re going to the left, he wants to pick up the right. Going to the right he wants to pick up the left. I did get the correct lead multiple times each way, however.
So over all a good ride. I also got to try my new portable speakers for the first real time. I have used them once before but that was when Dandy had just gotten out here and I was more focused on him not having a melt down that I only had it on for one song. This time, I tacked Dandy up with it so he’d get used to it. When I first turned it on he kept twisting his head around to figure out where the music was coming from.
But once he got over it, things were fine. He didn’t pay any attention to it after an initial “where is that music coming from?” Dandy even let me stop and switch playlists during the middle of our workout. These speakers have become my new favorite riding accessory. The arena is pretty far away from any sort of music so it was great having that out there to listen to. I can’t wait to try them when I’m out road hacking!