After work today I rushed to the feed store to buy more hay for Sam. I buy in bulk so I don't have to go every week. 10 bales lasts him a month. This made me very late in getting out to the paddock so I didn't have time to ride but wanted to do something with Sam so I decided to put him on the lunge. Sam isn't too bad at lunging - he listens reasonably well but we can't use side reins or anything like that because he really plays up with that - sometimes he likes to walk on his hind legs and wave hello at me! :) I am wondering though because we are working on him accepting a contact while being ridden if that will help the lunging - HMMMMM I will keep thinking about that one.
He worked really well. Had a wonderful stretch in the trot - was happy to trot around at times with his head nearly on the ground and really lifting his back. Gotta love that!
I am going to go out early tomorrow morning and try and ride before work. I won't be able to go out tomorrow afternoon and I like to take him out of his paddock everyday.
Sarah gave me the flyer for the next competition. It is in 3 weeks and they have a Prep test. She was good today and really pushed me to enter and you know what I think I will. Even if it is just to get Sam out and working around other horses. I am trying to organise to have next Tuesday off so I will try the lady down the road for a lesson.
This is a link to the test I will be doing.
I realised I didn't post about Sundays ride. I was very unmotivated so I wasn't planning on doing much but Sam was really trying and giving me some lovely trot work. He was listening to my leg and moving off it a little better at the trot. At walk moving off my leg he is quite good. I still didn't push for anything major but it was a good ride. I love it when he tries!!!!
We also did a bit of float training and he walked on quickly without really playing up but now we have to work on him standing there while I walk out to close it all up. He will stand happily while I get my OH to close up the back but I am trying to get it to the point where I can just load him up and go without anybodies help. I even practiced reversing the float. It scares me (I have no idea why) so i try to practice at any chance I get.
I am feeling a bit pumped tonight and maybe even excited about the comp. Even though it is only 3 weeks away I think Sam and I should be able to achieve it if we really work at it!
I just realised I haven't told you the reason for the title!!!!! When I fed Sam tonight he didn't want a bar of his hay - I JUST BOUGHT 10 BALES OF IT!!!!!! Hopefully he will eat it and not waste it. I really don't want to have to return the hay and try and source some more!