Sugar’s Amazing Journey – Day 1

No, I’m not going to document Sugar’s entire summer, day by day.  But since this was the first day I rode her in a long time, and with the intention of seeing what I can work on to make her an amazing horse, I figured I’d give my two cents.

First of all, she has a good (and pretty) head and is lazy enough where she doesn’t want to expend too much energy to fight, buck, or take off with any rider – so no worries there.

All I wanted to do was walk and work on getting her to bend and flex at the poll (she looks compacted like Kobi does during a show) – but I forgot to stretch her before I got on…completly my fault.

She caught on quick (I know Toni has been working on it for months, if not years, now) and would even bend when I didn’t ask her to – I’m thinking to keep me from being in her mouth.

But when I was a little forceful and driving her forward while she was flexed, she walked sideways – always to the right.  Kobi does it a bit, but nothing like her.  So, I tapped her right shoulder with my boot to get her to move off my leg and pressure.  Poor girl had no idea what I was doing and would either think I was asking for a trot or would get so flustered she would stop.

I need to ask Toni what she does about that and maybe split Kobi’s next lesson with Ashley – half hour with him and half hour with Sugar (I don’t need an hour lesson since I’ll be walking the entire time!)

I hope to report ‘amazing’ things by the end of our summer together.

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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