Saturday, April 16, 2011

More on Bitting and Picture Palooza

I appreciate the feed back on bitting Miss Lily.

Everyone raised very valid points. Here's a few thoughts.

She probably doesn't want metal in her mouth (although she has had it for 16 years, so one has to wonder why now).

She definitely needs more consistent ground work, but what's a little weird is that we have been working more not less, so that this would come up now seems odd.

I have my suspicions about an emotional reason that's possible, but I may be projecting, so I'm going to mull that over a bit before trotting it out here.

The axis was an interesting suggestion - we have begun carrot stretches and they are very hard for her. I wonder if in one of those stretches she made herself sore, or out of whack. That really feels like a possibility.

I'm going to ride her tomorrow in the halter, she can definitely go bitless, but her brakes are not that great. Lots of go in that girl.

I'm also going to do some bit sweetening just to get it in to see how it sits in her mouth. Lily is a bit of a princess, and can become very stubborn given too much time off. So I can go back to square one. But if she's not going to be ridden, I'm not sure what to do with her. The not riding is definitely making her unhappy.

Fortunately the MSM seems to be helping too. When I was working her in my attempt to get an attitude adjustment, she was sound. So there's one bit of good news (pun intended).


Sierra and I had a terrific trail ride Saturday morning. I can't get over how far Smokey and I have come. We worked our circle under the power pole with no problem, we hit all the odd spots in the trail, came down hill in control, not in a "OMG, I'm Gonna Trot And Get This Over With" and we went across the ditch repeatedly without jumping it as if we were on some hunter jumper course.

It was like I was riding a grown up horse or something.

Sierra rode Cody, giving him her signature forelock look.

And since Smokey has shed out I thought it would be fun to do some shots - cuz the buckskin is back!

Smokey: Do I have to stand here?
Me: Just for a minute.

Smokey: Okay, but my nose itches.

Me: *skritch, skritch*

Smokey: I think we're suppose to be smiling at her.

Me: Oh, that's right.


And a hug for the photographer!


Shirley said...

Smokey is looking really nice and slick. Glad you are getting in some good rides on him.
If you are worried about Lily's whoa, there are things you can do to train her to really enjoy stopping.

Life at Star's Rest said...

Please give your friend my email too if they would like someone who's been there to talk to...and thank you for the good thoughts and prayers! You are in my email group for post surgery update! Carmon

Dan and Betty Cooksey said...

Great pictures. When I mentioned ground work, I meant to suggest trying to bit her during or immediately after the ground work.

In any case, I'm sure you'll find the answer to this particular horse.


Leah Fry said...

Winter, Heather's blog is "Drafts With Dots".

Smokey looks awesome!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I think Smokey loves the photographer. hehe!


Rising Rainbow said...

I read through the other post as well as this one and can't help but think something has caused Lily to change her behavior. If she was taking it fine before and now she's not, you can bet there is a reason. If you know it's not her teeth, then I'd be looking for other physical discomfort when she gets worked in the bit. Muscle soreness or fatigue would be the first places I'd look.

Or did she stumble and maybe get bumped?? Anything along those lines to find the answer. I find it's usually easier to fix the issue when you can figure out what caused it in the first place.

achieve1dream said...

I'm so far behind on your blog, but I'll be back to read it. Thank you for the comment on the wind damage. The chickens are all fine. Their shelters were damaged, but no one was hurt.

Wolfie said...

Lovely pictures. Everyone looks great!