Today was equine dental care day. I arranged for a highly recommended Equine Dentist to come to the barn. I have to say I was very impressed him. He has this calm, quiet way about him. He was not reactive to any of the normal horse behaviors. He listened to the problems each horse was experiencing and after examining provided some possible causes of the issues.
Rosie had some sharp hooks where her bit was pressing against and was dropping a good amount of pellets while eating.
Bonnie's issue is that when eating her pellets she is lifting her nose up and out until it's past horizontal with the ground. She's also dropping 80% of her mouth full so we've been soaking her pellets until this appointment. She had a decent amount of unevenness and hooks.
I really liked that he did all work in their stalls, was firm when needed but always fair, giving them a moment to work it out. He never once got "big" or loud with them.
Equine Affair is coming up in April and I'm applying to ride in at least one of Mark Rashid's clinics. You have to be chosen by the clinician so there is no guarantee. He's hosting four different clinics: Achieving Effortless Transitions: Developing Invisible Aids During Transitions, Low Stress Round Pen Work: Easy Methods for Catching the Uncatchable Horse, Developing & Understanding the Role of Collection in Everyday Training, and Troubleshooting: Pinpointing & Solving Problem Behaviors.
I'm interested in the Transitions and Collections clinics so am applying to both.
It's suggested that you supply a video with your application so yesterday I called my "pit crew" to help. "Mother" from the blog "I Am Boyfriend" came to be my videographer. Jodi, my trainer, came and "coached" .. well ok really kicked my butt for an hour long lesson.
I'm not real happy about my ride yesterday. Both Rosie and I are out of shape. I felt like a fish flopping around in the saddle. Canter transitions sucked - keeping her in canter sucked. Riding the canter sucked...
However in an effort to be honest to my blog here is an unedited video from the lesson yesterday.