2nd time under saddle!

This gorgeous black stud was part of the bucking stock string that was at the Yakima Feedlot in December. Will enter training the beginning of May 2006.

2nd time under saddle!

Postby Juliane on Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:02 pm

I worked with Rory this evening in an attempt to further his progress under saddle. He was easy to saddle up, didn't offer to buck and was comfortable with the cinch being tightened right away, rather than the usual gradual tightening. I lunged him for a short bit and then mounted up.

He stood very quietly and was perfect as I sat on him. I continued to sit on him for approximately 15 minutes. I wanted him to be relaxed and used to me, but didn't want to rush him. I kept adjusting my weight in the saddle, praising him, moving about and generally kept reminding him that I was there.

My first request under saddle, other than just giving to pressure and having him bring his nose around to my foot, was to ask him to back up. He took a few wobbly steps, but did as I asked. He was calm, though a bit nervous, but never offered to buck or crow hop.

However, I was having a heck of a time getting him to move forward. He'd back up, pivot and turn in both directions, but didn't understand to move forward. I tried clucking, having him step in one direction or the other and immediately releasing pressure, while continuing to ask him to move forward. I didn't want him to get frustrated, but did want him to at least walk forwards a little bit before we ended our night.

So, I had Nikki come help me by standing by his side, and when I clucked and asked him to move forward, she started walking. Rory immediately fell into step beside her, though he was really wobbly :) These were his first real steps under saddle. We made one lap around the round pen when she stopped. I wasn't quick enough in my request, urging him forward, so he stopped too. I was unable to get him to move forward again. So, Nikki helped again. By this time, I'd been on Rory for 45 minutes and he was starting to swish his tail and kick at his belly. The flies were out in great numbers, so I couldn't tell if his irritation was me or the insects, but I felt it would be a good idea to call it a night on the very next good note.

As Nikki was leading the way, and Rory and I were following, I asked Rory to whoa, even though Nikki was still walking. He stopped immediately. I gave him tons of praise and then dismounted. He was perfect! :) I am SO proud of him!

It seems like I have some groundwork to do with him in order to remind him that "clucking" means to move forward. However, I plan to ride him as much as possible - he learns amazingly quick! Although, I feel like a GIANT on him :P I'm definitely too big for him! LOL

Here's some pics from tonight:




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Postby seahorse on Wed Jul 12, 2006 7:20 am

He looks incredible! I cannot believe all that you are able to do with these guys. You do not look like a giant on him. He just looks like any pony you see being schooled at the shows up to the very last possible minute by the trainer before they plop "Buffy" on and send her in the ring :roll:
I cannot wait to see him in a week or two when you will have worked even more of you r magic on him :D
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