A Moment in Time
|Winter's almost over, it's time to look back!|
|Super chill, super fab.|
1. Bits. In the last two months, I've tried 4 bits on Bast. I went from Pig's KK bradoon to Pig's old stainless eggbutt. When the eggbutt was met with positive results, I bought a copper eggbutt. That one was rejected forcefully. Finally I tried a nathe, but was not wowed by it. Bast leaned on it, and did feel comfortable going into my hand, but was not quiet in his mouth. We went back to the stainless eggbutt, which Bast seems happiest in. This bit is the longest of the bunch, and I leave it hung low in his mouth. It's weird, but works.
|Mouth shut and quiet? Awesome.|
3. Bridle. We finally received the cheek pieces from Eponia, and put my lovely Gatsby bridle back together. This means we ditched the drop, which Bast never responded to well.
|I do love this bridle.|
|Also galloping in snow is super fun, and a new positive experience.|
1. Canter transitions. These were the first things to break when we came back to the fancy barn, and will probably be the first thing to break when Bast loses his relaxation for a long time. He is not only back to cantering off my aids, but even nicely stepping under himself and into the gait most of the time. This is still a work in progress to make consistent, but they are so much better than they used to be.
|Look at us cantering calmly off into the sunset...|
|Not exactly lateral work, but supple nonetheless.|
3. Managing difficulties. As we've increased Bast's grain and changed his diet, he's started to come to each ride with an absurd amount of energy. Honestly, his individual turnout has probably contributed to this issue most of all. I am hoping when we turn him out with friends this issue will be mitigated. However, I've been so happy that 10 minutes of cantering has managed to restore his brain. All this work typically doesn't result in bolting if ridden tactfully, and the canter work can often reinforce the uphill tendency I'm trying to encourage. Overall, I'm so happy to have a horse who regularly gets better as the ride goes on.
|Straight. Forward. Beautiful.|