|also annual gameday photos|
Then because I'm the best friend ever I was like ALYSSA NEEDS A TURN.
|yeah she just gets on my baby bareback in shorts and does this|
After said fabulousity, Zoë stopped. And Alyssa was like "she's stuck" and I was like "pssh kick her
you tiny penguin".
|oh yeah she's four and it's her first time bareback|
Instead Alyssa messed around on her and I thought nothing of it and we all went on our merry way.
DUN DUN DUN
So the next time I came out to ride, I hopped on and we were marching around at a going walk.
|no under saddle pics so admire her Zoë cuteness|
And all of a sudden.
Not just lost her balance.
Full-on planted her feet and grew roots like a hundred year old oak tree.
There was no kicking or scooting or breaking her loose or changing her balance to move her.
I finally had a barnmate ride over and loan me her dressage whip.
We repeated that lesson many times that day.
|the Zozo Brain|
And the next time I rode her, I carried a whip from the get go and she never offered to stall out once.
Babies are magical!
PS also don't assume your friend is just weak and can't kick because clearly that is not the case.
lol tiny penguinReplyDelete
planting feet is such a nice disobedience. easy to fix and very little chance of dying.
^Agree... unless its right before a jump :P Zoe's too cute.Delete
Yeah definitely no chance of dying and no crazy overreaction after. <3 her.Delete
Love All of this 😁😍ReplyDelete
if i've learned anything about riding bebe horses, it is to always carry a dressage whip instead of forward malfunctions lol.ReplyDelete
Yeah I guess I'll be picking one up from here on out. I'm not used to losing the go button, haha.Delete
I had the same problem with my boy for a few rides about a month or so after I got him. When he saw his friends go outside if I turned him away from the door he'd just plant his feet. Super easy to fix with a dressage whip though!ReplyDelete
I think in some ways the whip makes more sense to her than leg because of her driving training. I didn't need to use it much, just a tap like "GO" and then we were off.Delete
Zoëstuck! You guys are the cutestReplyDelete
Awww thanks. You must come meet her!Delete
Fix it! Fix it now! For the love of your future thighs and cardio, fix it now!ReplyDelete
--Love, another Perch X owner
Oh hell yeah. It's so fascinating to work with her because I've seen people have draft x sized problems. Obviously I will have problems too, but this baggage-less baby thing is a golden opportunity.Delete
Rode a few drafts and Xs when working at the trail barn. Once they get a handle on bigger + stronger = winning it can be an uphill battle. Catie is 100% right :DReplyDelete
Definitely. I was very very picky when horse shopping because I do not want to take on a draft horse that's been spoiled. No thank you.Delete
lol charlie has tried that a couple times too. "but... what if i just don't move? is that an option??" hahaReplyDelete
Yeah totally. A smart horse is going to try all the exits just to know what happens. As long as you come to an accord, it's all good.Delete
OH NO! Stationary honey and inanimate OTTB flash backs! (Clearly, I've been traumatized by the non moving equine.) I'm glad she understood the dressage whip. Hopefully no ongoing stationary horse issues for you!ReplyDelete
I mean there's stationary and there's stationary for sure. I have definitely sat on horses where stationary was not something you just kicked on.Delete
But Zo is such a fabulous lady that I just explained what I wanted and then she said YES MA'AM.
I much prefer planting of feet to fleeing to the hills. What an adorable baby.ReplyDelete
Haha right? 10/10 prefer this to bolting sideways into the fence AGAIN.Delete
"tiny penguin" lolololololReplyDelete
I'm a great friend. Really.Delete
HA! Love the matching outfit and stalling horse. I can imagine her just NOPING out like a baby :)ReplyDelete
Ha yeah she was pretty determined.Delete
It's always funny to see how they all have their different versions of "naughty". I've known many a warmblood to just plant themselves and refuse to move, too. It's a hard one for me!ReplyDelete
Taken to extremes, the planting oneself would make me crazy. However, as a baby experiment, it's totally non-scary to ride and easy to fix.Delete
Plus. omg. YAY NOT BOLTING. I'm over bolting for at least the next decade.
I do want to try Valley bareback but I have lifelong paranoia about my leg re breaking now *sadface*. Zoebird just likes a little whip tickle lolReplyDelete
Ha yeah I definitely only rode C bareback for pictures a couple times.Delete