Kindergarten continues…maybe restarts would be a better way to put it, or this kindergarten has a lot of vacations. We gave him a haircut and took a picture for the yearbook today. I didn’t take out his tail braid, I had just re-braided it!
Fat Boy, I mean Sailor, has been back to work. He’s 3 1/2, he’s been a slow-grower and since he’s a little dude, there’s been no concern about doing stuff before he gets too big. I went through my calendar and he’s had 18 rides or lunges this year. One in April, one in May, 2 in June, 3 in July, 1 in August, 2 in September, 2 in October and now 6 in November. Five of those rides were Alyssa Peterson, helping make sure he gets excellent basics.
He’s been making remarkable progress despite the exceptionally light schedule.
He’s now walking, trotting and cantering under saddle, steering relatively well, he’s able to go in the un-fenced ring, and went out to the jump field for the first time today and walked over a couple of poles and a flower box. Next up will be some walks off the property, with company.
There was a short video clip in this blog, if you want to compare. Fatty Lumpkin, Becoming a Riding Pony
Here are a couple of short videos of Alyssa on him today.
He’s looking a bit more trim than in July, he’s been spending a lot of time in the dry lots keeping Bali company, but now that Neuf is with a friend in Maryland, he’s back out in the front field with Legacy, but with a muzzle most days.
I adjusted the saddle fit for him today. It was pretty wobbly, so I added wool, a bit too much, so then I had to take some out, which is annoyingly tedious work.