26.6.17

Happy birthday Basse!

Ahh, happy birthday to my forever baby Fat Unicorn who is 15 today! 🦄💜 He's been mine since he was 4 years old and gaaaahh this has made me a little teary. I'm so blessed to have had this horse in my life for so long - we were never going to be world beaters, but who cares when you have a horse with a heart of gold!
 If you follow me on Instagram or this blog's Facebook page, you'll have seen that on Saturday I had a super ride on Basse. I was really really pleased with him, and like I stated earlier he wouldn't be so happy to be back working properly if he wasn't feeling good. So I think we will just have to crack on with the work once again and try to get him to lose those extra pounds that he has gained recently! 🐷
Following my lesson on Friday, I carried on with working hard on keeping my hands really still even though Basse wasn't feeling super light like Vallu was during the lesson - but I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of an effect it would have on him... Yes we had several moments where Basse resembled more of a giraffe than a proper dressage horse but when we both got our acts together he felt wonderful! It made me realise that now I've got my lower leg behaving better

I also paid a lot of attention to getting him truly off the leg - lots of transitions and quick reactions from him to my leg aid resulted in him doing proper working trot and canter that I din't have to chase or constantly nag him! I read somewhere last week that a well trained horse should carry on in whatever pace you have asked of him until you ask him to do something else, so with this is mind I wanted Basse to be thinking a lot more forwards than I normally let him be. If previously I've been satisfied with 60% effort from him, now it needs to be 80% and he needs to stay in trot or canter until I ask something else from him, rather than him dropping back into trot before I've wanted to.


He's such a good man, riding him is so much fun even though everything we do is just very basic and nowhere near anything advanced. (And also please do excuse the 💩 stains, I was in a rush to ride before it started to rain so I didn't have time to scrub the stains away...! 🙈 )

For anyone interested we are wearing HV Polo RAF blue set, BR silver over reach boots and my Spooks unicorn t-shirt all from Feather Dressage.

8 comments:

  1. Aw, Happy Birthday!

    I agree that horses should continue in the gait you asked until you ask something different. Otherwise, you're constantly telling them what to do!

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    1. Basse says thank you! And yep, I think it's so true but it's been hard work trying to convince Basse of that!! 😂

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  2. LOL manure stains on grey horses are so common I didn't even notice until you said something. Basse looks handsome and fun to ride. I love riding different horses and having to adjust myself accordingly. I feel like I learn a lot that way.

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    1. I try to always have him 100% clean when I know someone is taking photos but I was so rushed for time that I couldn't get him clean 🙈 He loves using his poo pile as a pillow... 💩

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  3. Awwww, happy birthday Basse! I totally hear you on the manure stains, I'm so used to it with my white pony that I barely even notice anymore.

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    1. Haha, I don't mind them when I'm just hacking or riding by myself but when someone is taking photos I'd rather have him clean! He just loves to sleep on poo too much !

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