Saturday 14 April 2012

Time to Ride

Recently we cleared an area of the orchard that had plenty for the horses and ponies to graze so I haven’t had to spend time moving the equines and fence around, which means I get time to ride. Here’s a shot of Niko and I, he has his grumpy face on but he loves it really ;)

Here we are doing some trot I find it very hard to tell if I’ve got Niko in the correct head carriage, as you can see in this photo he is not in correct carriage. If you look you can see his head is ever so slightly below the vertical and his poll is not the highest point. For those of you that are unsure of the correct carriage his head should be on the vertical not below or above and his poll should be the highest point, that said you don’t what to be riding your horse like that all the time, because he should be flexible and also you're likely to cause damage to him if he works in such a high level of head carriage all the time.

Anyways here we are having some fun in the canter Niko really does love to canter and fast too. But check out how nice he looks with his bling, you might also notice he’s grown an ok tail but he does look a mess sadly because he is really starting to moult now. On the bright side he’ll be able to do more work with out getting too hot when he looses his winter coat.

In other news I’ve got a post on War Horse and Pippin that I want to do but that’s all for another day.


Margaret said...

What a handsome bridle and I think he would look GORGEOUS without it! Such a pretty star on his head. Love his tail and mane and he has a cute face... I've been SO busy lately WITH the horses (and having our house up for sale) I haven't posted or visited much.

Ruth said...

You guys look so good together :)

Laura said...

He looks gorgeous, I love that browband too, especially the shape of it!

Unknown said...

awesome browband- who said bling is reserved for the Western folks?!

Photos and videos of my rides often make me cringe, but I always learn from them- glad to see you do the same (healthy) analysis!

allhorsestuff said...

You and I have the BEST Brow bands going...they are so smart!
The black is just awesome on Niko.

Man does he look great happy and dappled and round. LOOK at the reach he is offering too...his neck and head look awfully good to me, and like you said, a little wiggle room is necessary and the frame just caught that, I think!

Fantastic riding form you!