After making the decision to send Apollo for some trail miles and then deeply regretting it…. We are starting again.
Do you ever just have those incredibly clear and simple thoughts pop into your mind? My mind is usually jumping around all over the place. I had one of these during one of my meetings with RK during Apollo’s “training”. It was this:
“You just need to get your own wheels and take this horse on adventures.”
I noted it. But I allowed myself to get distracted and pulled in by talk about how “dangerous” my horse was.
Apollo took a fair bit of time to settle in back home when he returned from training. It took me quite a few weeks to be able to consistently catch him. I could have sped that up a bit but it was right around the time I broke my nose and I just wasn’t in the best place mentally for playing the “hard to catch” game with him.
Once I finally was able to get a leather halter on him - I was able to get his hooves trimmed (which were long overdue) resulting in some tenderness. Now he is of sound mind and body and we can get to work together.
I haven’t ridden him yet since he’s been home from training. I know he’ll be fine but I really wanted to be in a good place. I find Apollo is a lot more sensitive to my emotions than Henry or Mystic. After two fun (but stressful for me to be away from home as I’m a hermit) trips across Canada and one bout of pneumonia with Henry… I’m ready J
Rolypoly... but we can work on that <3
Coach D has a western saddle that I can borrow/pay off slowly (thanks pneumonia vet bill) that I’m picking up tonight. So we’ll have a few rides at home this week and then I have planned a short trail adventure for Sunday. One of the silver linings of being a car accident is that my wonderful father-in-law has loaned me his truck so I actually have wheels to pull the borrowed trailer (since the transmission exploded on ours two months ago). So I have a saddle, wheels, and a date with my friend C on Sunday for a trail ride at the mid-point of our barns.
I’m going to plan a few more weekend trips for Apollo before it gets too cold! I will take some lessons with ST to keep us on track.
So that’s the plan!
I’ve actually found Apollo is better when I take him off property (wtf). He’s exploring and really in his element, and totally rock solid quiet. Like here for example.
One of my favorite days with him <3
When I trail ride at home he is constantly prancing/jigging, particularly on the way back home. I am totally open to tips to help with this, as it’s not very fun for me to trail ride him at home. So that might be off the menu for him until I get a better strategy. We usually go out alone and he’s manageable (although it’s not exactly a barrel of monkeys), he’s much worse at home when another horse joins us. I could pony Henry, who would undoubtedly be the most annoying pest ever, to see what he thinks of that. Would love to hear some thoughts! Will definitely ask Coach D and ST too.
So far I have tried the following things:
- Riding him in the arena and tiring him out before trail riding at home (doesn’t work, trails at home are too exciting)
- Stopping and making him stand
- Half halts
- Wringing my hands
I would totally welcome any suggestions on this!