16 Sept. 2017
Improvement on "Easy" Saturday
For those who dont know, Saturday, formerly known as "Satan" is the reason why Burton can't ride.
He was originally bred as a show jumper, and used to be an impressive jumper as a younger horse, but at his original stables his owners had started him off way too early causing him to have bad back problems which unknowingly got worse over time, Burton happened to be the unfortunate one to ride him at his worse point.
Mark and Burton had been aware that his back had been sore, and had been using him to ride bareback- but after the incident and having a vet come out- they realized how bad his back was, and got him onto medication to help his back. From that point- he's been a much happier horse!
After a few week on stall rest, Mark decided to try getting Saturday back to work and got him under saddle. He's been gelded recently, and has been improving a lot in his work!
Mark still has not been able to canter Saturday under saddle, so this ride was yet again just walking and trotting and letting Saturday learn how to control himself in the arena while other horses are around.
Saturday's still easily distracted, and his back is still very sensitive to Mark's seat. But, he's getting better! Hes been really relaxing in his movements and really getting used to the saddle on his back. He's been enjoying looking around his surroundings, and while usually Mark wouldn't want his horse being distracted, he has been trying to get Saturday relaxed around his surroundings.
Still not looking like Saturday will ever be back to jumping under saddle, but thats the least of Mark's concerns.
Lynwood and EYEC Second Chance Man
Lovely little Chancey and Lynwood are really quite the pair!
Lynwood is EYEC's main dressage rider,and has taken a liking to this chunky Lipizzaner stallion. He's not the smartest horse- he's said to "only know dressage." Honestly, that might be true with how absolutely mesmirized the grey stallion gets infront of something new. Hell, he absolutely freaks out when he sees a horse jump.
Its not unlikely for Chance to just be staring off at the other horses outside the ring with his head tilted and ears pricked forward in interest. It's quite inconvenient, especially when showing- judges don't necessarily appreciate the odd position he's head will be in as he watches other horses. it is quite cute though
aaaand some pasture photos
Missy Blue, the chunky little welsh mare - Robin Hood, Mark's crazy thoroughbred stallion - Gallahad, Handsome thoroughbred stallion