One of the MANY things I love about Woody is his attitude. He’s a trier. No matter what I ask him, he at least considers it before saying:
That’s really hard for me, but OK
What do you think I’m an invalid? That’s easy!
You’re high, right? I mean that log is TERRIFYING! Make me. (which I do, and he does)
This especially true for his flatwork. Since we moved to the new barn I have been giving Woody lessons about the phenomenon that is inside leg to outside rein. It’s hard for him, and he’s not TOTALLY sure what the hype is all about, but he gives it his best effort. In my head the dialogue goes something like this.
Woody learns to bend, a play in one act:
Lisa: OK, this here is my inside leg, it’s TOTALLY important. How about when I put it on you maybe bend around it a little.
Woody: I feel pressure on my side, I’m gonna go straight. I’m really GOOD at going straight! I can go straight REALLY fast!
Lisa: Aw Woody, you’re making a lovely effort, but here, look, it’s just ONE leg, and I’ve slid it back a bit. Maybe you could bend laterally a little bit?
Woody: (Wheels Turning) Hmmmm…. This is strange. The answer I’ve given isn’t quite right, cause that inside leg is STILL irking my side (who KNEW they could work independently, humans are pretty impressive). I’ll move away form it.
Lisa: Good Man Woods! Now, look this outside rein is here, so instead of just moving sideways how about we bend a little.
Woody: Damn! I thought I had it. That inside leg is SUPER annoying, and that outside rein is keeping me from moving sideways. OK, I’m going to try something else…maybe if I actually bend THRU my body a little. Man this is HARD
Lisa: (Pat with inside rein, ease up with inside leg) Good Boy, Woods!
Woody: That must be right, cause that inside leg is not quite as irritating. I’ll keep bending for as long as I can… feel the burn!!!!
(Rinse and Repeat)
Lucky for y’all, Allie was at the barn last night and was able to get some videos and pictures so you can see how His Cuteness is coming along. As you can tell from these pictures, my inside leg was less than subtle last night and working overtime.
Warm up is cute.
Here is a series of photos showing the inside leg lesson. All my previous horses had been a pull ya around kinda horses. Ozzy was a push along kinda horse. I was thinking that Woody might give my gambs a break from all that work. Turns out he is also kick along quiet. At one point I actually had to pony kick him.
“See here, this is my inside leg, maybe you could bend around it?”
“just a little?”
“Seriously, I’m not kidding. How about some bending?”
“PLEEEAAASEEEEE? Maybe if I stare REALLY hard at your head and shoulder?”
Then, he starts to get it.
Then he tried TOO hard, which resulted in more pony kicks to get him up in front of the bridle.
Not quite that bendy, Thanks.
And THEN he gets it…I must be grimacing here because my inside leg was about to fall off. Or maybe I’m smiling… that’s more likely, actually.
Taaaaaaaa-Daaaaaaaaaaa (he’s a little low in the poll here, but it’s all good)
And there are videos too! I’ve made these links incase you want to go to the You Tube site and watch the higher quality versions (click on the “Watch in high quality link just under the clip)
Woody Works a bit!
(and yes, I spelled Chagrin wrong, I got home from the barn late, and was super sleepy! It’s driving me crazy, but I’m at my temp gig and can’t get to my raw files to correct it… please don’t judge)
The sunsets at the barn are ALWAYS lovely. Like I said, no better way to end the day.
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