A place where I record the adventures of myself and my Irish Sport Horse mare, Kika. Who I purchased as an un-backed 3yr old in 2007. This blog follows the trials and tribulations of first-time horse ownership since moving from Ireland to Luxembourg in 2010. UPDATE: as of 2013, Kika is being joined by Nancy a Friesan X ISH mare bred by my family who I had my eye on since she was a foal and have been lucky enough to buy and add to my equine family.
I started with Kika today as she is hairier so sweats more & needs more time to dry off after work. We really concentrated on walk/trot transitions this evening, with the main aim being to get cleaner/crisp transitions without her hollowing her back and tossing up her head. It was sketchy at best, but the fact we got it right sometimes gives me hope that with a bit more practice and actually proper effort to ride the transitions on my part we will get there...I hope anyway. Baby steps!
#motivated & #pamperedpony
Nancy was next, we also worked on transitions although I concentrated more on walk/halt transitions with her as our walk is atrocious and our halt worse. I kept trot work as our reward/break from walk/halt. Trot is deff the easiest gait for us, she is really sluggish in the walk and either drags herself along on the forehand or curls in on herself still avoiding walking properly. It's a serious work in progress and our halt isn't much better to be honest. It is like trying to stop a freight train that then stands like an offended giraffe - both need a lot of work and some eyes on the ground to help guide me out of my terrible habits which i'm sure aren't helping our cause. Again baby steps mixed with some consistency and a teacher & hopefully we'll get there ☺