Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Bridget's Turn

The sun came out today, so that obviously means it was time to ride! Bridget came along this time for a quick ride before dark. She continues to improve back to where we were before xmas and we're very near to a happy place again. G took a million pictures of all the good and bad, so get ready for a photo dump. It's tempting to only post the flattering ones, but I thought I'd try to post the ones that seem representative of how the actual rides are feeling these days (apologies, they're not the best quality, but there are some humorous ones to make up for it):

So cute! She's getting a bit stronger and offering some 'fancy' pony moves if you ask. I try not to get greedy though.

And, it's never all good. We appear to be on a collision course with G? I think she thought she might dart over and say hi! Love the looks on our faces lol

Is this is an actual photo of a tranter, or just a really awkward canter shot? Whichever it is, I have to say she's seriously getting much better in the canter, offering clean departs 99% of the time. It still falls apart about halfway around though, so I do try to time transitions back to trot before she gets super muddled.

Could be a real canter? She tries, but you can see how she gets tense and uncoordinated and with that outside bend she favors to the right the lead can get iffy. Right now, we're still all about just getting the transition - I try to set her up ahead of time, but once she's cantering she gets super muddled if I attempt much input beyond go or stop. That sometimes means no steering ha ha. It's been getting way better though!

Back to a happy trot

Adorable pony! There's a little x at the end of this grid, but sadly no pics of her cute little jumps turned out. She's still figuring it out, but as you can see she's starting to take me through to the jump herself and is super honest.

The majority were pics of us cruising around like this. I'm pretty happy with this for a baby pony...we're agreeing on a tiny bit of contact, we appear to be moving forward nicely and everyone looks pretty happy.

I think these pics are fairly representative of where we're at - lots of super cute moments at the walk and trot, and lots of baby pony moments too, particularly in canter.  We have a forward button again, we have outside aids most of the time again. There's some discussion happening about having a consistent feel on her mouth. I'm happy with that!

14 comments:

  1. She truly is cruising, what fab spins you are having. She looks smashing, I get the same snark head toss from Miss Nancy - she thinks she's a super drama diva, I won't tell her that Kika has a permanent stall set out in dramatown.

    Photos are awesome, you guys look fab ♡♡♡

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    1. Thank you! the sassy head toss makes me laugh - Bridget thinks she's being super bad when she does it too. I won't tell her any different :)

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  2. Great pics! My favorite is the one over the poles :)

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    1. I love that one. It really caught the happy and inquisitive pony look she has so much of the time!

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  3. Lovely trot and great expression on her face coming to the jump!

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    1. Thank you! Under saddle her trot can feel kind of 'meh' compared to Ginger's, so it's nice to see some pictures and video where she looks not too bad - it's just me needing to sit up and ride!

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  4. ADORABLE PONY!! Next time jumping pics so we can appreciate her cuteness even moar!

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    1. I was so sad they didn't turn out. Going to see if a photo editor program might brighten them up enough to post. There's always next time, too :)

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  5. love all the pictures!!! her trot is just soo nice - esp over those poles!!! and whether she's cantering or trantering in those pics, it's certainly 'buoyant' haha :) glad you had a nice ride!

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    1. Thanks! Both her and Ginger have what up and down canter...we'll never win a race lol

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  6. UHdorable pony. Her trot is wonderful <3

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    1. LOL, exactly...it all just depends on her mood whether the steering or accelerator might be 'broken' any given day

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