Tuesday, 12 July 2011

I rode today, and Felix Cantered!

Today I actually got a chance to ride Felix. He's a very lazy little guy, but that is OK with me - he'll be a very good workout for me!  It very well, I only rode at the walk, but Devan rode walk trot AND we had our first Canter today.

Here is a cute little video of Felix trotting - I like that he appears nice and relaxed in the back (note the swinging tail) even with Devan's weight on him.  Ignore the audio in the video, the father of the other young lady in the arena was trying to be funny.

I took some good pics of Devan riding as well, I am completely pleased that Felix is going so well after only a month of somewhat sporadic riding.  He's totally safe - though a bit balky, he'll get over this with more time I think.

It just shows how tough Fjords and crosses like Felix can be, he EASILY carries Devan's weight.  Many other pomies his hight are too delicate for a heavier/taller/adult rider, but even at only 13.3 Felix is perfectly comfy carrying a 6' tall man.  Of course, the taller you are, the better your riding skills and ballance must be, but Felix is happier then many large horses carrying similar weight.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

First Show

We had a schooling show out at the barn today, so I entered Felix in the halter class.

He was a little wound up, but in spite of it all was quite good.  In fact, the extra energy allowed me to get him to easily trot for the judge.  Being as the show was judged by AQHA rules and we were up against a lot of NICE QH and Paint horses, I did not expect him to place, it was mostly just a nice "get used to the show ring" day.

Other then that, he's moving along with his under saddle training, and hopefully he'll be up to doing the walk/trot classes at the next show.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Moving along

Looks like Felix got the week off this week due to the folks at the barn bringing in hay.   He's handling very well to lead and groom now though, even picking up his feet like a good little boy. 

As of his last ride he's been doing walk/trot work, but his rider is having to really get after him to go forward, at which point he gets somewhat cranky.  He'll work through this eventually, but I do prefer my horses a little on the lazy side, so I got what I wanted!