This week, Cricket has continued her rides in the arena. We started out with about 10-20 minutes of groundwork as she still has some touchy moments when she first starts to work under saddle. These little moments have grown fewer & farther in between every day. We've continued to work on her gas pedal & brake through One Rein Stops & worked a bit on cruise control with Cruising.
At this stage of training, we're focusing on making sure that she's comfortable moving out freely with a bit of steering interspersed & being able to shut that forward motion down. If we don't have good forward movement, we won't get very far in other exercises. Stopping is obviously an important portion of our control as well.
Today, she had a full-blown bath & had her mane braided & tail wrapped. Aside from the flies being quite bothersome, she did great! I also got her measured for her fly sheet. She measured 74". Minus the 4" that Horseware recommends to find the blanket size, she's a 70. I tried my 75 Amigo Bug Buster on her & it was obviously pretty big.
Next week, we'll continue to work on these exercises & begin to introduce the snaffle bit while tied & within our groundwork as we prepare to move to that full-time during our ridden work.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Friday.
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.