equally as round. Jenny Rousey Dick rode him. We go back to the days when she was teaching at Katie Long’s place. Raudi was then a yearling. I was a pen cleaner. Jenny, I think, still sees me in that capacity.
The lesson took place in a spacious and well-lit heated arena.
I watched Jenny ride Mickey. She’s a very good rider. She has a good seat and excellent alignment. And she stayed balanced when Mickey did not. I’d say that movement competence was low, movement capacity was high, and forced compliance was high. The horse did not seem to me to be owning his movements. His rider was using spurs and a crop and he was doing what he was being told to be doing.
A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing, and so I kept my mouth shut. But I thought, if I were to work with this horse, I would try some other things in hopes of enabling him to become more body aware.
Once on the home front, Pete and I took Tyra and Tinni for a walk on our trails. It was cold, getting dark. Our trails are open but walking them is a slight bit of a slog. Tyra wasn’t wanting to go off-trail, but she did race around some. I think she and Tinni both enjoyed the outing.
What a study in contrasts – I did agility with one young pony, and took the other young one for a walk. They were outside, on varied terrain; Tyra in particular got to do things of her own volition. And I got to watch a horse be “schooled.” The question is, is it possible to “school” a horse using low compliance methods? I think so.
Next: 353. 12/22/17: Pre-Solstice Visit with Heather