So no pictures for today, it was a little bit too chilly for Kaleigh to be out any amount of time, should at least get them by the end of the week, as its supposed to be back in the 70s by then! Rodeo and I did do some different work though. Since there are literally no hills, moutains, or even inclines here I went to Home Depot today and bought some boards, and some cinder blocks to make some simple little cross rails, cavaletti jumps, and some small jumps for him. Right off the bat he was carrying his head low, collecting himself, and using his back end. I should have taken some photos because he looked outstanding! I was very impressed. No under saddle work today or probably anytime in the next 3-4days. Really hoping this on the ground stuff starts to work its magic again. Since doing all our ground work again, I forgot how much I enjoy it, and how little I do it since Rodeo has been under saddle. Its sad because going back to the beginning again really makes me notice just how important it really is again. I feel so much more connected to Rodeo doing groundwork that I do just riding him everyday, its just a connection that it seems you can only get from being on the ground. Dont get me wrong I cant wait to get back up on him, but for now, my main concern has to be getting him back into a good working condition, no excuses!
It was cold and rainy here yesterday, but I knew that I needed to work Rodeo. It was supposed to get super cold here last night, and rain, so from around 3pm to about 9pm he had on a medium rain sheet, but at 9pm I put on his heavy duty rain proof winter camo blanket. It was just too much of a risk for freezing rain. But anyways, Rodeo did very well! He had a very nice trot, and a super nice canter. Very relaxed but yet energetic and forward, should have taken a video of it but oh well. Be on the lookout for pictures later today as we are bringing Kaleigh and Rodeo out for their first ever trail ride :D
It has been nonstop rain all day today, we cant seem to catch a break! But luckily I did hop on Rodeo yesterday. I have him on a muscle gainer to start rebuilding his topline, since we have moved from WV to NC, his topline has gotten worse and worse every year. But this past year has seemed to be the worst. So A muscle gainer/builder and some ground poles, and some collection, should do the trick. No hills or even small inclines are here to help us along the process. There is a small church up the street, they have wooden curbs, and posts around all of their trees, so we started to walk over those, of course Rodeo thought it was completely pointless. We picked up a trot and he picked up a nice head tossing attitude, we continued for about 5 more minutes, I hopped off, started to lunge him and he was full of it. So a nice brisk walk back to the house and I threw on his halter, got my lunge line and put him to work. He worked really well, and looked good under saddle. After all was said and done my husband brought Kaleigh out and she sat up on Rodeo for the first time, proud and happy as can be. Of course he was next to her the entire time, but she didnt want his help, she held onto the saddle horn and was happy as can be.