Sunday, 24 April 2016

Likit Bordom Busting!

So, Louie hates being in his stable... Which makes duvet days in the winter difficult!!

At first, I thought his frustration was solely due to lack of turnout, so I exercised him more and gave him longer turn out in the arena when it was available. However, nothing really improved. So, I thought about the exercise I was doing with him... Rather than doing flatwork or lunging during the week, I gave him lots to think about, including doing some ground work exercises.

I noticed a difference in how settled Louie was in the stable after learning something new, and having a lot to think about. This could be anything from leg yield from the ground, to almost circuit training over poles and blocks to navigate around. There's a whole heap of different things to do everyday to keep their mind active, which is very handy when you have a horse like Louie that learns new things after just a handful of tries!!

I still noticed that during the day he would be frustrated and unhappy in his stable until his work on the evening. So I bought the basic Likit to give him something to 'play' with but that was a challenge.

Louie loved the carrot and apple flavours in the Likit holder - any other flavour and he wasn't so interested! However, Louie also soon realised that he could get his jaw open wide enough to be able to chew the holder and crack the Likits inside - we went through a fair few Likits in a short space of time as Louie could finish one in the space of a few hours!!

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Friday, 15 April 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LOUIE!!!

Today is Louie's birthday... So just for a bit of fun...


Friday, 1 April 2016

March Round Up

A lot seems to have happened in March - it's been a busy month!

After getting back onboard following my broken ankle, I was keen to get back into our usual working routine. Louie's very relaxed and feels refreshed, enjoying his work, showing a positive attitude and a real willingness to please.

Over the last two or three months, Louie has begun developing much more, filling out a little more and really beginning to develop his topline. This unfortunately meant that my saddle from Thomas became too curved for Louie's back...& meant we needed a new one. We found the Amerigo Pinerolo fit Louie like a glove, and was open & flat how I like, so we went with it (& haven't looked back!)

Louie enjoying a very successful day out at the dressage!

First up was a lesson with Cathy Burrell, our flatwork trainer. I really love these lessons as Cathy is such a fantastic coaching, pushing horse and rider to their potential, but also keep it very real and level headed. Although Louie came out of the box with a bit of a swollen eye (!!!), likely to be a hay seed stuck in it or where he had rubbed it, Cathy was really impressed with how settled he was and how much he had grown up since our last lesson, way back in December!!