I got a lot done yesterday but man, I was exhausted at the end of the day! But it was a good tired.
I had a wonderful ride on my horse, who’s been sorely neglected over the last week. He worked like a champ—he’s got more heart than any five horses and is a blast to ride. I rode with my two friends, Lucy (after whom my dog is named) and Cheryl and I got to pick on their riding a little bit. They couldn’t get enough of it so I put them through some exercises and we practiced fun things like roll backs.
Today, if they are up for it, I am going to make them ride through the workout I have planned for my next riding audio CD—which I probably won’t be able to record until January. I’ve been cranking hard on some new products that will be released in the next couple months. My rope reins are awesome (same rope as my training leads with some cool features that make them easy to connect to bit, easy to know when they are the right length. I’ve been working on the design for some time and am excited to get the first shipment in the next few weeks.
This weekend I will start filming my new video on bitting. I have two horses for the video: a two year filly that is barely halter broke (I’m having to do some pre-video training on her now) and an older gelding who is hopelessly high-headed and hollow backed (inverted) and throws his head. I’ll start the video with the tabula rosa and end with the remedial training using my elbow-pull leather bitting rig and teaching the horses to give laterally and vertically to pressure on the bit. It should be fun and hopefully the horses will train up nicely.
I’m also working on an arena guide to go with my exercises video, in fact, I need to get to work on that now so I can ride again with my friends this afternoon. I believe this will be the warmest day of the fall (mid 70s) and without a lick of wind (so far). It will be nice to spend some time in the arena.
Until next time,