The past couple of weeks, Laz has had CRAZY energy
He was pushy, herd bound, spooking at everything and anxious.
This was on the ground none the less.
I don't know what caused it, but I've lowered his Chia intake, weather is a bit better and he's come back to earth.
I think he senses when I'm fed up
In the midst of this energy, I was trying to funnel it into working and playing our ground work games to give him mental focus and well as reminding him that I am his partner/leader and not a herd mate. We had a come to Jesus conversation when I was trotting and running along side him and he went to playfully bite at me.
Um, say what?! I went full on MARE on him and he looked at me like "Oh shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, ya right...sorry sorry sorry."
So, training aside. Spring is definitly in the air.
1. Laz is like MOLTING.
It is officially do NOT wear chapstick at barn or else you will have a furried upper/lower lip
2. His itchy spots on his hock area are back and they always appear in Spring and get weepy in summer. When I had the vet out last week, I had her look at it and told her it's been 2+ yrs and what I've tried (Animax, Coconut oil, zephyrs anti itch, MTG) all products that I LOVE..but none that really healed it unfortunately.
Oh and I would put the holy water Vetryicyn on it but wouldn't you know I let it FREEZE solid and now it's no good.
Yea, for $28 down the toilet
She gave me a new product to try...so we'll see
It's one of her favorites, new to me.
I've been putting it on so far for a few days.
Next up, big news. Last May...yup last MAY, I bought a barefoot treeless saddle.
I found an almost brand new used Tahoe Classic for under $700 with leathers/irons and shipping so I jumped on it. I knew I liked that model because it's a hybrid of English, Dressage, Trail friendly Pack Mule saddle, lol. I thought it would be great to go treeless in hopes that it would fit Laz better. I worked with several professionals to pick the right one, right pad, etc so fingers crossed it pans out for us. I'll have Chiro double check fit on Laz next time he's out
So, I started tacking up.
Laz knocked over my saddle instantly
OMG fat pony alert!
Buddha belly anyone?
Time to do some crunches....er, for us both really.
And with this treeless, they recommend using a dressage girth.
Since I've ridden 0 minutes in dressage, I purchased one that I thought would fit.
So; dressage people...is this girth too small???
Should it extend up higher to actually be resting on pad on both sides? If so, we are WAY off.
This saddle actually cracks me up. It's not going to win in the beauty dept, but I hope it's comfortable for us both which was my goal. I still have my beautiful AP Crosby but I'm sure right now, it would pinch at his shoulders...I may be selling it...but I love that saddle (Wah!)
My old days of a young H/J people wouldn't even recognize our daily ghetto ways...and it's ok.
My goal was to see how Laz went in this/any saddle.
Last time he had a saddle on his back was last Feb (a year ago) for a day when I borrowed Enzo's Mom's saddle
I'm happy to report he trotted off like he's been wearing a saddle forEVER. He let out one buck/side kick but it was more in excitement and didn't throw an odd move after.
He was really moving out
omg...I was dying with happiness
He was stretching down (grass motivated clearly) but it showed me he was comfortable
Laz has such a downhill feel to him when riding, and I see it even on the flat
He was moving so well, his wits seemed to be in a perfect place I figured I would test our luck and take him out on a road walk in the saddle.
I brought him back to the barn
Look at my sweet gentleman who STAYED standing, in saddle (me=risk much?) and waited for me to get helmet/bridle.
Say what, perfect pony!??!
UGH..these are the moments that I LOOOOOVE him so much.
Always willing to go go go go and when he's tuned in...he is TUNED in
He was great.
Riding in a saddle feels 100% odd to me after almost 2 yrs bareback, but it's time.
I'll still alternate, but in order to ride some real momentum, I'm needing the saddle.
Laz feels extra downhill in a saddle to me. I literally felt like I was sitting in a ladder on top of him. Bareback, I fit into his grooves so perfectly...
The road walk went great, we even did a little trot in a soft section and he moved out like a proper horse. We had 4-5 cars pass us with no problem (they drive slower on this dead end road anyway) and even had a white poofy dog dash out to the road to try to attack us, and with some fancy side stepping, snorting and giraffe necking, Laz maintained his cool even though he was asking/telling "I may be running soon" lol. Thankfully Mason diffused the situation and the owner finally came out to get their little yapper.
Overall, Day 1 in saddle=success.