So, I’m not even sure if I spelled that correctly but it’s what I say to all the horses I ride when I feel that they are moving to sluggish. It makes me laugh and it gives me a boost of confidence right before I ask them for a little more effort. 😊
I want to update everyone on Alfie and his foot issue. The farrier came back the other night to remove his shoe again. The abscess – well what we believe to be an abscess is still there but so is a crack in his heel. Because of Alfie’s condition in that foot with the fallen coffin bone, we decided to call the vet and have X-rays taken of the foot, just to see what else may be happening in there. So the vet is coming Monday.
After my very good lesson with Maestro – yes Maestro and I had another “date” today but we didn’t need a chaperone like last weekend – more on that in a few – I spent time watching Alfie play with this enrichment toy. It’s a ball like object that you put grain or treats in and he knocks it around with his nose to get the food out.
Alfie played all day with it. When it was out of treats he would kick it out of his stall, so I would fill it again. I also gave him a good grooming session complete with lots of massage especially on his legs. Alfie enjoyed the fun day we had together. I’m so relieved that the vet is coming in 2 days.
My date with Maestro – it was lovely. Because I’m older, and it’s winter, and after last weekend’s spooks that Maestro had, I asked my trainer Kari to just hop on him first, just so I can see if he is nice and calm, and in fact yes, he was normal calm easy going Maestro. Hence the WAKEE WAKEE EGGS & BAKEE 😂😂😂.
While Kari was setting up some poles for us to walk over I took Maestro around the ring at a trot – all by myself. It was the first time I really rode him independently.
So we kicked up our lesson a bit and worked on trotting over those poles that were in an L shape. Our first few attempts weren’t bad, but Maestro kept breaking at the trot. And then I realized why. I was losing the contact with him. What I’ve worked so hard at not doing with Alfie – throwing away the contact, I broke the contact with the bit by letting the rein get a little too loose in my right hand. So I broke our telephone connection . I stopped and told my trainer I lost the contact. Sure enough, she had been taking some pictures and yep, one of them showed me where I clearly lost the contact. So on our final attempt at trotting the pattern, I concentrated on not throwing the contact away and guess what – Maestro kept trotting. A great moment for both of us.❤️🐴