Saturday, March 24, 2012

merlin's lazy lunge!

A video from last week, getting Merlin warmed up to ride. Lungeing is getting the horse to walk, trot, and canter in a circle around you. Merlin is about 100 pound overweight, so getting him started to really move is a bit of a fuss. But he is getting thinner, stronger, and two nights ago was cantering under me and dropped 6 inches in his girth! I've only lost 3 inches, but hey, we are both working on it. Time and work heal things.

12 Comments:

Blogger Bovey Belle said...

Hmmm. What a very idle engine that young man has! His back end just doesn't engage at all : ) Well, better that for you when you're out and about riding him, than a horse which wants to be in the next county a lot faster than you do!

March 24, 2012 at 9:12 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He'll perk up. And to be fair, this video is ulta slow movement from him. If I update this once a month wait and see how much faster that giddyup gets!

March 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

He'll perk up. And to be fair, this video is ulta slow movement from him. If I update this once a month wait and see how much faster that giddyup gets!

March 24, 2012 at 9:16 AM  
OpenID T. Crockett said...

Thanks for posting this. I didn't know the term meant & now I can picture it all in my head as I read your updates.

March 24, 2012 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

P.S. Bovey, i laughed out loud at your comment by the way!!

March 24, 2012 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I don't have any words for your video, just a smile.

Please post about donating for Merlin every Friday. I won't give much at one time but I can give a little all along.

March 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM  
OpenID mountainchicken said...

There's a really wonderful book on conditioning your horse called Equine Fitness: A Program of Exercised and Routines for Your Horse by Jec Ballou.

User friendly, wonderful exercises, and educates you as much on the why as the how.

March 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I think what will happen is that you will get to know when he is being idle and encourage him to go forward more. At the moment he has your number, so I hope you soon catch up with his! Horses are SO knowing . . .

I don't know how long a lay-off he had before he came to you, but as you said, he has quite a lot of blubber on him so no wonder he isn't leaping about like a spring lamb! Best to get as much off as possible before the spring grass comes through. My farrier always warned me to check the slight dip above the eyes (the bit that gets sunken in in a very old horse) - when that fills out in spring, with little fat ponies like the elderly Section A Welsh mare we had at the time - watch out for Laminitis.

March 24, 2012 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Flartus said...

I had to laugh, he reminds me of my very low-key dog when she really doesn't want to do something. She's spastic enough when it's time for a w-a-l-k, though, so I imagine Merlin's just biding his time...waiting for the proper motivation.

March 24, 2012 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger J.D. said...

I have to agree with Bovey. Merlin seems to thinking, "OK! I'll humor her and shuffle my feet a bit to please her. Yep, I'll just toss my head a bit for the stallion-effect. Jeez this is easy. And we're trotting..." He trots around with his nose in the air like he's strutting his nobility.

As he becomes better conditioned and realizes the chain of command, he'll engage his rear transmission, flex at the poll, and play with the bit. When he does this you'll see the magic in Merlin even more. Before long you'll feel like you're floating as you ride.

It's good to see him paying attention, as evidenced by both ears back as you started, then one ear as you went along. When both ears are straight up, get his attention quickly so he knows it's time for school. I sense abit of the mischief in his soul.

Let the honeymoon continue, but ask him to give his all to make the marriage stronger. How long do you lunge him? I have to look at the video again, he's amazing.

March 24, 2012 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger Lara said...

He'll get there! Wonderful you have trainers at hand-I can already tell you feel more confident about all things horse!

March 24, 2012 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger La profesora said...

Thank you, mountainchick, for the book recommendation. It sounds perfect for working with my mare.

March 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM  

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