The ponies and I had a wonderful afternoon today. I set up an obstacle course out of left over fence posts and did some exercise with all three of them. I started out with Rosie, walking her back and forth next to the posts. She did her usual sniff and paw routine to check them out and then walked over them, no problem. The posts were laid flat on the snow so she didn’t have to pick up her feet very much to get over them. I then stacked some posts on top of the other ones so they were off the snow completely.
I led her through again and she got a little nervous when her hooves bumped the posts while she stepped over them. After a few times through, she was picking up her feet nicely and not bumping the posts. She was doing well so I decided try lunging her over the flat posts. We did a couple circles just to freshen her up and then moved onto the posts. She did really good with the flat posts but I couldn’t get her to move smoothly through the raised ones. I then tried to move over the flat posts, then change direction go back over them.
I really worked on my body position in relation to her when changing directions. We kind of struggle with the transition when she gets on a longer lead. I picked up on one of sources of confusion for us. When I’m on her off-side I tend to step in front of her shoulders more while trying to keep her moving. This is confusing because I’ve used stepping ahead of her shoulders to slow down or stop movement. I was always so focused on keeping her moving in a circle I lost track of where I was in relation to her. After I adjusted my body, she was able to make the change of direction more smoothly without us running around each other all confused
Miss did excellent as well when it was her turn to go through the obstacle course. We did the same exercises that I did with Rosie. Miss is better on a longer lead than Rosie is and we were able to go through the raised posts, change direction and go back through smoothly.
Paisano was next. I rode Paisano instead of leading him. I jumped on bareback and we took a few passes walking over and around the posts. I really like riding bareback and it’s a great way to strengthen my balance. We even did a little trotting and I hope to get up to a canter some time soon
Cody did some riding with Pai as well. They did well and I got a chance to finally get some pictures of them together. It was a beautiful day and we were able to put in some quality time with the ponies.
The rest of the photos can be found on my flickr page.