DEBI BOYDS INTAKE DATE: 3-14-2017 HISTORY of being broke to ride but unpredictable (would sometimes buck). Has not been ridden in years. Came to us from an owner surrender after mother passed away. Mother was a well known Welsh Cob breeder years ago. Has a party interested in him after rehab if he is ridable
Warm up/ Ground work, Lunge w,t,c with emphasize on lengthening and relaxing. Circle exercise and bending and stretching from the ground, especially from the right. He is stiffer on the right side of his neck and has a harder time following through with rolling the HQ. Saddled and then did a short W,T,C both directions to make sure he was ok with my wade saddle thats bigger and has lots of strings. He did fine and was not worried. Riding: I didn\\\'t have anyone on the ground so I took my time just sitting on him, bending him both directions, relaxing and petting. He is still more worried on the right side so I started bending on the left several times first and made sure he was comfortable rolling HQ. Then bent and rolled HQ to the right. Then adding a few steps in and rolling HQ. Did this both directions until we worked our way up to walking full circles both directions confidently several times. I let him relax and called it a day.
Saddled and worked long lunging and getting him relaxed and focused ( Marta\\\'s Cavesson type work) worked with the lead sliding across the saddle, around his butt, in front and below him and on the ground. Has a blind spot under his chin and over his head that he worries about. Did similar things with the flag as well as some work changing eyes. Stacey stepped on with the saddle from both sides and sat on him. Then she got on him bareback and got him to walk around a bit. He\\\'s much tighter and more worried going to the right but he held it together pretty good. She continued to sit on him for a minute and let him relax then slid off
Round pen work aiming towards relaxing going both directions and staying focused on handler. Doesn\\\'t like going left as objects on his right eye concern him (shying from groundpoles etc. then trying to switch directions.) Much more confident going right. He changes direction facing up well when he is relaxed but if hes trying to change direction on his own he would switch with his rear facing in. worked on catching that several times and drawing him in to ask him to change. Put the 22ft line on him on the cinch area on both sides and worked him through bucking until he could trot fluidly through with pressure and release from the line. very much needed and should be repeated a few times.
Pleasure to meet and work with Puck today. He is a little spookier than Andy but has a ton of try and beautiful gates. I amd looking forward to working with him again and getting him back under saddle.
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