Given that I spend the larger part of my days pestering Redheadlins right now, I managed to snag a ride on one of her regulars. Meet Gunnar, a cute bay appendix gelding who I think is 8 or 9.
Gunnar has come a long ways under her tutelage and it was quite fun to play with him. He has a lot of buttons and is a completely different ride than Cuna. I have to pay a lot more attention to my balance and keeping my core engaged, but he rewards me with some really nice work.
|It's a European thing. Really.|
The first time I rode him, we hopped over tiny crossrails a couple of times, but my riding gear was somewhat... lacking... so we didn't do much. This time the jumps weren't set and it was too hot too be dragging stuff around, so we focused on some really nice flatwork.
Maybe next time I'll be more prepared and we can jump some actual jumps! How fun. :)
|In a field|
Things are changing slowly on the Cuna front. When I showed up at the barn today, he was WAY OUT IN THE FIELD, grazing. That's a big step for him. He doesn't like to leave the barn behind. He seems friendly with the horses over the fence, which is good because he got his hind shoes pulled today. Very soon, he'll be in with the buddies and living the good life.
While we were waiting for the farrier, we played dress up. Someone is still looking adorable.
The plan is the same. He's hanging out til after Labor Day. In September, we'll reassess and see how he's feeling. If he's good, we might work lightly this fall. If other than perfect, he'll continue hanging out through the winter. He's in a good place right now and I don't want to mess with it.