|Our new saddle with my favorite saddle pad|
Tuesday I was at the barn alone again. My plan was to try doing our course once just to see how my position was over a full course. But because no one was there I decided to do a flat school and use the two ground pole "jumps" to work on my two-point. Cupid was amazing and tried her hardest. Because we kept getting our canter leads correct I decided to try cantering her through the ground poles. She was a bit confused and broke to the trot a few times but at our last attempt she managed to fly through them while maintaining the canter, on the correct lead! I decided that was a perfect end to our ride and brought her in for a grooming/shedding blade session.
|All decked out for her holiday|
|Work passed out candy apples and cards|
|Our Valentine's Day Picutre|
|The book we're using to help work on transitions and training|
Thursday we had some company as the assistant trainer, another boarder, and the barn owner were all there. The barn owner had brought fresh round bales to the paddocks and was moving them with the bobcat. Cupid has a love/hate relationship with the bobcat because she knows it brings the food but it's also the thing that spooked her last summer and made her jump the fence. Tacking her up was a chore because the barn owner and I were talking and Cupid was focused on the bobcat. When I went to bridle her she decided to try and drag me outside to see it so I had to force her into a stall. The front gate was open and I was worried that she would try to follow the trailer outside if I let go. That probably wasn't the best training but I did manage to redirect her to what I wanted as opposed to what she wanted. I do wish that I could use the trailer and bobcat to train her. If she had the change to check them out while they were running and associate them with something good then I'm sure she would stop spooking because of them.
Our ride was uneventful, because it took longer to tack up I lost some ride time. We did get a comment from the assistant trainer that she liked how Cupid moved in the new bit and she thought my two-point was getting much better. It's always nice hearing comments that validate I'm doing the right thing.
Friday I finally got the furminator I had ordered. Earlier in the week I decided that I needed something heavy duty to help Cupid shed faster. After I finish grooming her it always looks like someone tore out all her fur because of the coating on the floor. We spent a good 30 minutes working with my curry comb and the furminator. When I finished with her coat she looked so shiny and healthy. Since I had her, asleep, in the cross ties I decided to trim her mane and bridle path. I know you're supposed to pull the mane and shave the bridle path but Cupid is terrified of the clippers and pulling comb. I figure anything that will teach her acceptance of having me play with her head is a good thing.
|Our new grooming toy! Works like a dream|
Saturday morning I woke up to a text from my trainer saying that lessons were canceled for the day. I went out to work with Cupid on the flat. My plan had been to work her in our dressage ring because it's flat, even, and clear of trip hazards. Cupid was not having my plan at all. She ran out of the ring several times, tossed her head, and seemed in a panic over everything. Because we were getting frustrated with each other I trotted her over to the jumping ring. Once we were there she calmed down and seemed more comfortable. We managed to get a good flat in and jumped the entire course. I had her canter our ground pole line then trot the rest. I'm dying to work with her on cantering a jump, I think we finally have a good sense of balance and are ready to do it, but the problem is that we both need a trainer to sit down and work with us on it.
|Modeling our new tack. A new noseband is my next item to buy.|