Friday rolls around. Its my day to go riding. Except I’m feeling like I really really don’t want to. But I’m also getting free weekly rides. I don’t want to be a burden by asking to change the day. But I also don’t want to not ride for two weeks. So I get my butt out to the barn, all prepared to ride. ‘I’ll just do a short w/t/c ride.’ I tell myself.
Uno was really good for getting out and grooming. He’s a head tosser so he normally fidgets a lot while being groomed. He also isn’t a fan of brushing, even with the softest body brush so I usually get some nasty looks. He didn’t even do that. I was tentatively hopeful that he would continue that mood into the ride.
I got on and we went for a warm up walk around the barn. I liked doing that on Scarlet and Uno does move out better so I’m going to try doing it with him as well. He was fine for our walk.
I decided to work in the dressage arena for a little change. I didn’t want to jump and figured it would be good to work in other places. Plus it gives me the extra challenge of having to keep him straight without a fence.
After a bit of walking, I asked for a trot. Walk to trot transition is always very hard. The first transition is even worse. Uno just does not want to move forward. So I decided that we’ve had enough rides together. I need to start being more insistent and not let him get away with disrespecting the aids. So when squeeze/kick and cluck didn’t get any reaction, I started tapping with the dressage whip. Tap, tap, tap. I’m going to tap until you respond, getting more insistent with each tap.
He was NOT happy.
He exploded and tried to buck. I pulled his head around to my knee and spun him in a circle, insisting that he transition right after. We got the transition but it was so bad. Such a slow fake jog. The majority of the ride consisted of me having to get after him every moment of the ride in order to get him to move even the tiniest bit more forward at the trot.
Once I did achieve a forward, the next battle was canter. He wanted to fast trot. I said no and we had another battle with proper trot canter transitions. And then we talked about simple changes off the diagonal. We did end the ride after a good change each direction. But definitely not an easy wtc ride.
I found out from Holly that he hadn’t been ridden for a week before I got on. So he was actually quite the good boy for me.
I’m still going to insist on the trot much more forcefully in future rides. He can trot when and where I say he needs to.