Monday 23 April
I gave Bruce (and myself) a day off on Sunday; I’m pretty tired at the moment and very busy with other things going on.
I decided to try him on the lunge this evening after work. It was breezy and I didn’t fancy the idea of being towed around the lanes by a horse on high alert.
Bearing in mind, last time I tried to lunge Bruce, I wasn’t happy with his soundness in trot on a circle and gave up on the idea pretty quickly – I was worried about what he was going to be like. I couldn’t be bothered putting his bridle and gadgets on (gosh, I am getting lazy!) so just stuck his rope halter and lunge line on.
I walked him around the school a couple of times first, using the tactics Dan Wain taught me; not pulling on his head but getting him to move with my body language and the long cane. He was responsive but seemed eager, so I decided to put him on a circle and see how we went. I was slightly concerned about my ability to stop him if he tanked off (as he so often used to on the lunge – motorbiking around, bucking and farting and generally behaving like a hooligan was his usual style).
I needn’t have worried. He was amazingly responsive, trotted when asked, walked when asked, didn’t canter (I didn’t want him to as he hasn’t been lunged or worked properly in so long). He seemed pretty chilled the whole way through!
His head carriage is still pretty high but he had fleeting moments of relaxation and lowering. I think I’ll carry on like this rather than putting him back in his bridle and cotton lunging aid – see how he gets on without.
All in all, very pleased with him!
The negative from tonight was that the Red Horse Sweet Oil I’ve been applying to his butt seems to have caused an allergic reaction. I thought it was just oil collecting in the hair but there were definite raised bumps on his skin tonight and peeling.
I’ve applied some aqueous cream instead, used for human dry skin conditions, until I order some more Camrosa ointment. Poor Bruce, he really is a delicate little flower, bless him!