Rodney’s Progress

Waiting our turn. Second photo this week of a horse sticking his tongue out. Our horses are either rude or relaxed.

Waiting our turn. Second photo this week of a horse sticking his tongue out. Our horses are either rude or relaxed.

I am committed to telling my story, warts & all. That means admitting to the tiny, tiny steps that count as progress around here.

Rodney’s groundwork has been half-field walks. There is a small hill involved. Otherwise, the loop is short and never out of sight of the barn. It is a ridiculously easy exercise. He grazes farther away than we walk. OTOH, there was a day when this simple effort was too much for him [Aftermath of an Explosion]. The goal is to create a series of small successes.

Our ridden work is equally low-key. After an adjustment to his noseband [View], we did our best set of weavepoles to date. Rodney was slow, quiet, and relaxed. One full circuit looping around three poles. Declare victory. Go home. If I was on for 10 minutes, I would be surprised. This also isn’t much, except that Rodney has had difficulties comprehending ridden weavepoles in the past [Headset].

Festina lente.

Categories: Groundwork, Horse Behavior, Horses, Riding

2 replies »

  1. What wasn’t mentioned in this post was that it is winter. The first time K rode Rodney, it was 90 degrees. The second time, it was 102 degrees. Everyone was melting. Rodney was thrilled. Rodney doesn’t do winter. This is the first year that Rodney has made progress in winter. Progress for Rodney is wonderful. Progress for Rodney in winter is amazing

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