This week with the arena wet, we spent most of our rides out checking pastures (praying the grass continues to flourish throughout the summer). We did spend a bit of time asking for a bit more body control, but I've noticed that has caused him to get a bit "rushed" during other parts of our rides.
One of my lesson clients came out for a ride on Friday & Cactus got to support her & her mare down the gravel roads. Her mare doesn't come close to matching Cactus' big walking stride as I had her working on some softening drills as we rode; Cactus wasn't a fan of being held back to stay alongside them for the majority of the ride. In a situation like that, it's important to be aware of the other horses you'll be riding with & whether it'll be a good fit for Cactus. While a solid & confident mount for another horse to follow & build confidence, he can't shine with constant contact on his mouth & wasn't a situation where he could utilize his strengths.
As we prepare for Cactus to return home next week, we'll do a bit of arena riding, but we'll spend the majority of our time riding down the gravel roads & through the pastures.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Thursday.
I do my best to get these updates posted in a timely manner, but it's not uncommon for me to be outside until after dark, depending on the weather, my schedule, & who gets worked when so updates will sometimes be posted quite late in the evening. Don't be alarmed if you don't see your update right away. In rare cases, I may have to push them until the next morning, but I'll reach out & let you know if so.