Milo checking out his new dry and mud free digs.
As you can see they laid down the stall mats and also added some gravel to the front. Its been my experience with the other two pastures across the driveway that they get very muddy very quickly and get pretty bad. Patty told me that this pasture is no exception to that rule. In all of the pastures, I moved the water troughs around because every single one of them was in such a place to flood the stall areas when dumped out weekly for cleaning. Milo and Jake's needed moving as well, and I did, and it helps, but the natural topography from the arena to the pasture naturally drains the water down into the gate area, and also the front of the stall. So it will be interesting to see how well the gravel actually holds up. Its been my experience that gravel tends to just sink into the mud.
Milo looks to say, "Do you see it Mom? Do you see the new floor??"
My boss was having a get together at his house last night, so time was short for riding Milo. I discovered these training videos on youtube from well known trainer, Larry Trocha, on how to better develop the reining spin. As you may remember, my issues with Milos current spin are in keeping forward motion throughout, and thereby balancing on his inside leg, as well as being light and responsive through the shoulder. He tends to drag on the rein and my leg, and I feel Im using too many aids for one small request (moving the shoulder).
Larry Trocha's training videos for the spin are a three part series. This first one gave me a really good exercise for helping him stay on his rear and lift his shoulders. It also gave me a better idea for getting him more responsive to neck rein pressure.
I tried these two exercises with Milo yesterday. The rein-release first, where Milo really started to get the hang of it. By the end of the short twenty minute ride, he was becoming pretty light and responsive to the neck rein pressure. I also used the turning and drive to get his shoulders up. After about a dozen of these he reallly started to lift his shoulders well and drive with his rear.
Im glad I found these two exercises, they really seem to help in getting Milo on the right step to a better spin.
In this second video, Larry Trocha gives another good "exercise" about suppling the face, as well as incorporating that into a quick response to the neck rein pressure. I touched on this lightly with Milo, only where he didnt respond to the rein-release on his neck. This second part put those two pieces together in a simple exercise, and also gave me a good idea on the sequence of pressure. Neck rein, leg, than cluck for speed. It may sound simple, but hearing that seemed to put it all together for me on what my expectations for Milo should be.
So I have some new ideas now for Milo's spin (I might add that Ive never actually had a lesson in spinning, so its no surprise that Ive been doing some stuff wrong). Ill keep posts for his progress.