Saturday Pony Extravaganza! Part 3 - WITH BONUS PLANTATION FIELD WRAP-UP!
|I IZ CHANCEY THE VERY GUD BABY BRONTOSAURUS!|
SO... after I had hour-long lessons on both Dino and Sully, I took the boys home and hopped on my third ride of the day, the very handsome Mr. Chance.
Chancey belongs to the third rider in our little Orchard Hill trifecta, and he is a sweet, sweet, baby brontosaurus of a horse.
Chance's mom is going to be unable to ride for quite a bit of the month of October, so she asked me to help keep her guy in work and assist in bolstering his dressage skillz. We had our first little session on Saturday, and he was a champ!
Being half Cleveland Bay, Chancey is built on the longer side with a very upright neck. While this makes him very good-looking and majestic, it makes correct flatwork more difficult for him. So, this weekend we spent some time at the walk and trot learning about stretching his topline OUT instead of tucking his nose IN, and taking bigger steps with his hind legs.
While he is still not quite sure that his hind end is, in fact, connected to his front end, Chancey has a GREAT brain, really wants to be a good boy, and tried very hard! We had a few moments in the walk where he really started stretching his topline and swinging his back, which was met with some obnoxious "GOOD BOY!!!"s and wither scratches. In trot we were able to achieve bits and pieces of better balance, and I got a better idea of how to help Chancey be the best baby brontosaurus he can be. He is a really sweet guy and I'm happy to get to ride him and get miles on a totally different type of horse than I'm used to!
|CHANCEY GET COOKIEZ NOW???|
|YAY EVENTING FRIENDS!|
As is the norm with this crazy blogger crowd, there was much fun and laughter to be had, as well as tasty snacks. Plantation had a great set-up going with a beer tent (!!), delicious food, and an ice cream truck. We made good use of all of those amenities, and Max made TONS of new friends.
|He had such a great day!|
They Kept Going.
Perhaps I should have KEEP GOING painted on all my jumps?!