Sept 2019 - polework and new horse transformation
This month we bring you polework exercises with Heather's Lusitano gelding Sudi and working student Eliska.
20 year old Sudi hasnt done any polework exercises for several years , after he was lame in his right stifle. But I confess, I had never used poles except for cavaletti type exercises, rather than the type we are doing in these videos. It was watching working equitation that inspired me to try getting Sudi and Sultan to leg yield along the pole, but then it became obvious that adding turn on the forehand or haunches to move sideways along various pole designs, could also be of great value. It certainly sharpened Eliska's turning aids and made her much more precise. Our only problem now, is that as soon as Sultan sees the poles out, he wants to go and play with them, and we have a job to persuade him to leave them and go and work in the rest of the school! I now have some more poles cut and painted so will be looking to add more exercises, having bought a couple of books on the subject to give me inspiration too!
Also this month, introducing our short-term schooling livery 10 year old cob, Duke, with five videos following his progress during the week he was at East Leigh Farm, whilst owner Janet Jessop was on holiday. Janet has been for a handful of lessons but trying to learn on such a stiff and very green horse was no help to Janet, so Heather suggested he come here for her week away to try to persuade him that he could remain on the correct bend and therefore stay on the track! He improved out of all recognition in that week. Janet was able to ride Duke so well when she and husband Dave came to collect him, as shown in the final video.