Both the temperature and the Peebs have been hot lately. It's been at or above 90 for almost a week now, and is expected to get to 105 this weekend. Luckily I'll be in San Diego where its supposed to be cooler (seriously, WTF Oregon?!?). Because of the heat, the plan was not to do a whole lot with Peebs. But apparently the pony had other plans.
|Peebs no like draw reins. Peebs no like having to use body correctly.|
Sunday I was going on a field ride with my BO and a couple other boarders. I lunged Peebs before we left, but I think I could have lunged him twice as long as I did. He was bucking and playing, completely full of energy. He kept it together for most of the ride. There was one moment where he saw something he didn't like and started going sideways. Once we got a couple horses between him and the imaginary monster he was fine. But it felt like if I put any leg on or asked anything of him he'd loose his mind. Once we got back to the barn I did a little trot and canter to see if I could put his brain back. That was a big fat NOPE. He got more and more wound up before launching a big buck and going sideways. I sat it but then got off and turned him out in the indoor. He did run and play a bit more.
He got Monday off, and yesterday he wasn't too bad. Still wants to get high in our canter work, but we stayed on a circle and my mantra was to sit down and keep my inside leg on to keep him straight. A big part of our problem right now is he wants to get crooked and weak, then scrambles and gets worried and I want to ride in a half seat with no leg. I need to support him more, and he needs to get over my leg being on all the time. He hasn't yet figured out the difference between "go forward leg" and "hold yourself up leg", at least at the canter. Hopefully next week we can start getting some trainer rides for him and more lessons for me!