Tuesday, July 14, 2015

In Which Boca Gets His Butt Skooled

Do you remember my friend H?
The one who showed A/O jumpers?
H has been helping me with Boca recently.
Now that his back is fixed, and we have a new saddle, it is time to get down to business.
Boca has to learn that going straight and carrying himself is part of his job and is not negotiable. That's where H comes in.
Boca isn't quite convinced that he should have to do these things. There have been tantrums. He is never dirty or mean. He just expresses his disagreement on the subject. H is a strong rider and will simply insist on forward and straight, and ignores all the flinging and flailing.
I present, for your viewing pleasure:
Having H teach Boca what his job is has helped me tremendously.
If you want to see our progress in the canter, skip to min 1:50 in the video below.

That is, to date, our best canter yet on his difficult lead! I'm so happy with our progress and so happy to have H on our team.
*Disclaimer - No red ponies were harmed in the making of this video. All flailing was voluntary and the cruel unusual punishment was in fact a happy mouth snaffle.
Postscript... wtf is up with my arms??? do I have elbows or no?


  1. That looks like a lot of improvement to me!

  2. H is exactly what you needed (on top of all the other things. i hate how it's never just one thing.)! Now that you seem to have the physical stuff sorted out, Boca can just learn his job. And that is awesome. :-)

    Really so happy for you. :-)

  3. you guys look fab - congrats on the great canter progress! and awesome that H has been there to help out when needed!

  4. that is lovely! you must be so happy. I also love the 'go do your thing' :D

  5. Yay Boca! He has a really lovely canter once he gets it all put together. Good job!

  6. Looks like good progress in the right the right direction!