Wordless Wednesday: Contact

Dressage is hard even in a fancy County saddle says Nibbles.

Dressage is hard even in a fancy (rented) County saddle says Nibbles.


Video Update

Hello blogland! I am probably the worst blogger ever so I will try to make up for it with new video! Nibbles has been with Elise for 30 days now and I’m thrilled with her progress. I think being 7 years old is a huge advantage as she seems mentally ready to tackle new challenges.

The first video is mostly walk work with some trotting. For those of you following along, look at how much more quite she is with her head in just a couple weeks. The second video is trotting and cantering. She was quite spicy in the canter that day! She must keep us from realizing she’s capable of perfection, right? Also, I really appreciate how Elise rides her. She’s firm but fair and immediately praises her when she does what she asks. If you have the sound on, you’ll hear her verbally praise her when she gets something. She has the rest of June and July at least with Elise.

No News is Good News

I’ve decided that in the world of green horses, no news is good news. That’s not to say that Elise the Trainer hasn’t been sending me updates. It’s just that Nibbles’ work is slow and steady, exactly what a greenie needs. She is figuring out being on the bit where fighting contact and gaping are less and less. In a stroke of genius, Elise tried her in a fulmer. This is the combination the Spanish Riding School uses on their green horses. It’s sort of like a hybrid between a loose ring and a full cheek. IMG_4231

It turns out this bit is a winner in Nibbles’ book with zero fighting or gaping. Woohoo! Elise also reports that her arena figures are really improving. No exciting new photos or video so you’ll have to settle for cute mug shots.