Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 4 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Quad lesson part 2

I am finally off school for the summer, so Tuesday I was able to watch the trainer, Maia, work with my horses. After putting fly spray on Quad (it was old spray from last summer, so I'm going to make up a new batch today), she walked him up to the round pen. She asked him to wait at the gate and then started lunging him. He is fine going left, but doesn't like to go to the right. In fact, that's when he showed his attitude! But, she kept asking him and he finally did it. He'll need more work on this, however. But, he has a beautiful, even, flowing trot and he is sound (THANK GOODNESS!) Doesn't he look nice in her English saddle? He's going to have to get used to Western because I don't ride English, but she's starting him on English first.


Nuzzling Muzzles said...

He'll get over that one-sidedness. Lostine used to move perfectly clockwise, but would throw fits and veer into the center counter-clockwise, but after alot of work she performs the same on both sides now.

Cactus Jack Splash said...

Lovely! I think most horses have one direction that they like better than others. Friend hated going left, Boogie blows marbles going right, Darby-well he's a good old boy and does anything he is asked.
Once Quad gets the hang of it he will be fine. Sounds like your trainer is doing a grand job.

aurora said...

Looking good, I especially like the second to last photo. Enjoy your well deserved time off!

Linda said...

I think that's smart to start them with an english saddle--it's not as big. I always start with the curcingle and move up. Same concept.