Friday, March 18, 2011

Who Are You and What Have You Done With Rogo?

Remember all my agonizing and navel gazing around Rogo's energy level? Well duh. If I'm fortunate enough to still be riding and blogging about Rogo next year, please remind me that small indoors in the winter, or heat in the summer make him less than energetic. Today neither of those conditions came into play. He was forward, forward, forward - Yeah! Oh what fun.
Because it's still fairly wet in the ring, I thought I'd do a little hack. He'd only done this twice, last fall. When I went to bring him in from the pasture he was so silly - racing around, etc., etc., so I knew a hack wasn't a great idea. I jumped on in the ring and we had a great time. We did a lot of walking - leg yield, shoulder in, free walk, small circles keeping rhythm, etc. He was VERY forward so I asked for a shoulder fore in trot to the right - he aced it. Yeah! Then I asked for the same in left. Not as good. He wanted to barge forward and not bend. He had been even, finally, before our short lay off, but clearly the right is more flexible again. No biggy. We'll work on that. We did lots of leg yield each way in walk and it went well. With the ground wet and the pressure off to do more, it seemed simple.
Then we did 20m trot circles both ways and then added in canter. He wanted to take off at a gallop down the long side every time we hit that part of the circle, so we did trot canter trot transitions on the circle and that worked well. I don't want to give the impression he was wild - his canter was elevated yet controlled when we were on a circle. It's just that he wanted to go large and gallop. I can't say I blame him and I certainly didn't punish him, but I made him respond to transitions and steering, which he did nicely.
After riding we finished with some clicker training stretches. All in all a fun and productive day with my sweetie. It's still coolish and wet here, so each ride has to be squeezed in between rain storms. I treasure them all.

10 comments:

Annette said...

Sounds like you had a great ride with Rogo. Like you said, no worries, the stuff will come back to him. We have rain arriving tomorrow. I can't complain too much tho, March up to now has been dry and warm.

Lori Skoog said...

Ain't life grand? Simple pleasures with your best friend. Can't believe how much snow disappeared in a week! What I would give to have a farm near the water....

TeresaA said...

I love the rides where the horse is naturally forward but not tense. The trick is to remember to expect that even when they are not so sure they want to be forward.....

Jeni said...

Good Ride!

Rising Rainbow said...

Forward is good. That's my mantra now after working with this horse with a broken forward.

Sounds like you had another great ride with Rogo. That's what it takes. All great building blocks for things to come.

Calm, Forward, Straight said...

Great ride Carol - you got your forward horse back!!

Good job redirecting him with transitions when he wanted to get off track galloping. :)

Can't wait for an update on your equine business!

juliette said...

Sounds like he is happy to be back and giving you all he has! How perfect!

achieve1dream said...

Sounds incredible! I'm dying to get back on a horse. A year seems like so long! Glad you had a fun and productive ride. :)

Lexa said...

Sounds like a pretty good ride! Transitions help so much. Hope it dries up by you so you don't have to worry about all the puddles and sogginess!

Jan said...

Carol, What a good ride you had with Rogo! Glad he was eager and energetic! I loved reading about the sweet things he did in the previous post: doing his neck bends on his own- adorable!! And sweet! But the gate moving thing was awesome - what a terribly intelligent horse Rogo is, not only can he move the gate on his own (!) but he is so helpful wanting to help you do it! What a really special horse- you two are wonderful to read about!!