Never Try Anything
You would think after the whole 'Micklem' incident I'd be wary of trying things 'just to see what would happen'. I put the stupid thing on my contact-reluctant horse 'just to see'. And we know how that ended.
You think I would learn my lesson, but apparently I don't.
|The prince wants what the prince wants.|
Runkle is back in full work (AND TURNOUT!!!) so things are kinda back to normal on the riding front. We're having jump and flat lessons, my dressage saddle has seen the light of day recently, and I've even ridden outside a couple times!
And with the return to normality we return to one of Runkle's favorite habits: tucking behind the bridle.
He loves going behind the vertical. Loves it. He would live his life overbent to shit if I left him to it. The annoying part is being overbent doesn't really get you penalized in eventing dressage at the lower levels, even though I think it should. He scores very well because look at him, his head is down. Mission accomplished.
|Most people aim for blue. I am for green.|
So every ride, whether we're having a jump lesson or just bumming around, I work on kicking him up above the bridle. I'm probably the only rider in the world who rewards her horse for popping his nose up in front of him. Our whole warm-up he sticks his nose straight in the air and any time he tries to tuck into his happy place I flail and get after him until he comes back up again.
Yesterday I innocently walked into the barn and a few of the other boarders were talking about bits. One boarder focuses primarily on dressage and was touting the Neue Schule bits, that are like $200 freakin' dollars (You can probably see where this is going...).
We discussed different kinds of metals and KK bits and whatnot and then she said "Megan I'm not using this eggbutt, so you can try it if you'd like." I tried to save myself by saying it was probably too big but everyone (including a traitorous part of me) insisted it was fine to try it. I was only trying it to 'see what would happen'.
So I put it on the PS of Sweden bridle and hopped on. I told Runkle, "Please don't like this bit, I really do not want to buy it for you."
And what do you think he did? We had the best ride we've had in ages. I could actually ride him up into the contact. Every time I put my leg on he came up in the bridle. He never (NEVER, not ONCE) dropped behind the vertical. Even when I did long and low stretching. I turned to one of my barn buddies and said "please, tell me he looks like shit. please." She wouldn't lie to me. I just had to accept the fact that he loves it.
The prince wants what the prince wants. lol horses, amirite? (And if anyone asks, this is totally Kathy's fault).