Jasper had a great trip last weekend! He was hesitant to hop into the trailer the first couple of times, but by the third time, he walked right in. He was a bit unsure backing off the first time but was more confident each time after. He stood well on the trailer with my two horses while I trimmed a couple of horses near Pierce before going to Bloomfield for lessons. Once up to Bloomfield, he hung out at the trailer for several hours with the other horses, even with the miserable 40 mph winds. During our indoor ride, he did extremely well. Some horses can be a bit worried by some of the shadows in the indoor since we aren't able to turn all of the lights on, but Jasper really wasn't worried about it. We worked on Flexing, Bend at the Walk, Vertical Flexion at the Standstill & Walk, his Stop & Back, & I introduced him to Vertical Flexion at the Trot for the first time. After watching the video back, I did see that he's opening his mouth when softening. We're still in the early stages of Vertical Flexion so that will improve. He was fairly soft in our exercises & trotted & loped some nice circles as well. What's nice about traveling like this is the horses tend not to have magnets (i.e., the trailer, the gate, other horses, etc.). Once back at my parents', he penned with my other two horses just fine. Jasper was a hair away from getting to help us move cattle on Sunday, but my brother had said that a lot of the cows had never seen a horse before & I didn't want to put him in a position to lose his confidence.
This week, we spent our time riding out & about down the gravel roads & in the pasture, which went well. He was a bit unsure about some of the pasture's wet spots, so we held off on heading down to the creek until he's more confident with that. Next week, we'll split our time between the arena & outside riding. We'll continue to work on his softness & responsiveness. I may introduce Sidepassing &/or Shoulder In/Out to him as well.
- Lexy Nuesch
Next week's update will be posted on Saturday.
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.