Zayin week 5 and 6
Better late than never! Finally I found the motivation and peace to continue the posts about Zayin. Zayins week 5 and 6 pretty exciting for him, everything had to advance way faster than planned. He had his treatment on the 9.3. and so far everything looks good.
After the vet saw him in week 4, I started to ride him every day. It is quite interesting and I have to admit also quite exciting to ride a horse that doesn’t support being touched by the legs or on the nose. Due to his really sensitive muscle on his side, he reacts with tail swishing or in worst case bucking and kicking when he feels my leg. When I do more on his nose than just keeping very gentle contact, he reacts with rolling up his neck, diving, head throwing and worst case also bucking.
He is really fine with the mounting. He knows what it is about, puts himself into place and waits patiently for me to get on. Trouble is only ahead if I have to stir him, stop him, slow him down or prevent worst case scenarios when spooking. I asked every day one of the Working Students to ride ahead with a calm and experienced horse. The first two sessions all Zayin could think of was biting into the other horses but and reacting emotional when I tried to keep him from it.
I practised a lot of walking with a flow through the whole arena, focusing on him following my weight and staying in harmony with me. As I can’t use my legs for direction, I focused on him following my weight. He understood pretty soon and this made him relax a bit more. Then I started to focus on him following my energy better, in order to have something like a stop or at least slow down. As he reacted so emotional on any action of the reins – especially lateral flexion – I could not really use it and had to find a way to communicate about energy. My guess for his emotional reaction on the lateral flexion is this: As he bends his neck around, he will disengage his HQ causing discomfort in his knees. Sometimes I can even hear it snap really loud when crossing the hind legs. So I tried to avoid that one as much as possible and only use it for saving our lives.
Slowly we started to trot behind the good uncle horse, which was at first a bit exciting but soon he got really good at it – except the occasional super spook out of the blue. After about 10 rides he started to relax more and more into the contact of the reins and see them less as a restriction but more like a helping hand.
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