We begin by coming in for breakfast with his BFF Toby
|Toby and Ollie hang out in the pasture in the background on the right.|
After he eats his itty bitty bit of grain and supplements (he's only getting 1 qt these days!) then it's time to get cleaned up and tacked up.
Then it's down to the round pen to see what kind of mood we are in today - almost always it's been a happy gray pony...
Then we head on up to the riding ring for a spin and work on being relaxed and knowing "whoa"...
He stand at the mounting block like he owns it! But we practice standing most chances we can...
He looks so relaxed with his floppy ears!
But then it's time to do some work. I'm trying to get him to move away from my leg (such as leg yields) and he's great at it going to right but we fail miserably going to the left. Any ideas for exercises we can try to improve on this would be appreciated. Right now we do lots of spiral circles in both directions. He's getting better but we still need to work on it. I suppose we all have a bad side... LOL!
|He's been a very good listener.|
|and we can relax at the walk|
Overall he was WONDERFUL! Now I feel like I have a horse that I can take to a riding lesson and he'll listen and we can improve! Woo hoo!!
After our rides, I've been making an effort to walk him out by cruising around the property. I'm hoping one day I can take him for a real trail ride with others. I think we may be getting there sooner than later...
As you can see, we're doing very well! I'm so proud of him. Proud of me too! I've been so patient and going slowly has been paying dividend for me. I'll list these couple of things that seemed to be the key to keeping him happy (and healthy): 24 hour pasture time, a buddy (Toby), being on good pasture (no more ulcers), and Uckele's Focus Calm. I think the combo of these has made Ollie happy and focused in the right way.
Let's hope we keep heading in the right direction!!