Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Odin Video, 4/14/12

New video of 2007 Yeager gelding, Odin, taken on 4/14/12.

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To learn more about Odin, visit his webpage.

6 comments:

  1. He is so wonderful! Let me know if you would like a video of him with a tall rider.:)

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  2. He is looking so good Anne! You have done a wonderful job with him. He looks very happy and correct in his work.

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    1. Thank you! I am very pleased with him. He really seems to enjoy his work, even when away from home (which is a huge - and refreshing - change from my TB). I love how willing and mellow he is. Sjon seems to think he's still getting him back, haha.

      Have another video from our clinic, too. Will post highlights soon.

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  3. Yves, so far, seems similar. He has been ridden at three locations so far in his ten rides and is learning right from the get go that location doesn't matter. His mom WAS the TB that hated working anywhere but home, so again, thanks to Yeager. :) It is also awesome to see that they seem to have decent work ethics so far. It will be interesting to see if they hold up to being "pushed" once things aren't all easy peasy for them!

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    1. So far, I have been really, really happy with his attitude when pushed during clinics. At our clinic in december, the gal teaching had me holding his head up really high and galloping him around just about as fast as I could get him to go for a long time. As a rider with 17 years of TB rider PTSD (haha), I kept waiting for him to blow. That would have FRIED Fraju and I was worried about pushing O to that point since he is so huge and athletic. But you know how he reacted? It made him tired, so he just made me work harder and harder to keep him in the hand gallop, until I begged the clinician to give us both a breather lol. Needless to say I don't think we'll be using that instructor again, but I was absolutely delighted with his brain/attitude handling that.

      Then last month in our dressage clinic, he was pushed to add a lot more engagement. His attitude was wonderful, he really rose to the occasion and gave me an amazing experience. I think he enjoyed feeling the new way he was being asked to move, instead of saying whoa that's a lot more work! and resisting the way Fraju would have done at first. Our rides ever since have been lovely, he has retained everything.

      The best thing about all of my lessons on him so far has been that my frustrations have all been with myself, not with him. He does whatever I ask, I just have to get my act together and learn how to ride him!

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