And in other news - Rhio gave me his first buck of 2011 today. Ok, so it was not REALLY a buck, but more a little hop to signal his displeasure. I wonder why some horses are "buckers" and some are not? Last fall I met Rhio's breeder, who also did some of his initial training, and he indicated that he remembers Rhio's propensity for bucking. Great. We are doing some schooling in the arena, because the entire world seems to be covered in ice right now and there is no where safe to ride outside at all, and Rhio is less than thrilled with it. We are working on cantering. We love to canter, and do it a lot on the trail, easily and effortlessly, and always on the left lead. In an enclosed space, though, we are a train wreck when it comes to cantering. We don't have a right lead canter at all, and we can't canter in a nice circle (or any circle, really, though we did do a somewhat rounded ameoba shape today!). I think it might be 90% rider issue and 10% horse issue, though, as I can't canter Red in an enclosed space, either. I was hoping to use Cricket to work out my rider issues, as he has a marvelous, lovely, wonderful canter and goes nicely on a circle -- but he's had a hitch in his left hind giddyup since the fall, so I am not asking him for any serious effort until I can get that figured out once warmer weather arrives. I presume at 29 he has some arthritis acting up.
|He's such a good boy about taking his medicine via syringe! He kindly doesn't smear the yellow goo all over me, either.|