Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Riding Hamilton

Hamilton is progressing steadily in his new riding career. I have zero plans for this behemoth of a baby racehorse so we are taking it slow and moving forward as I feel ready to tackle something new. 

Like walking over a series of three ground poles which he could care less about:


Initially I had Trainer AB riding him after I lessoned on Eeyore. The money was better spent on her getting him going plus I was being a bit of a wimp. Riding on my own lets me go at my pace whereas riding under instruction puts a bit more pressure to do the things I'm being told to do. 

Then last week Trainer AB hopped off half way through her time with him. She wanted to watch me up on him so she could see how we were getting along. 


We get along mostly just fine. He is still cranky about working past the in gate and a little rushy when heading towards it. Each time out is getting a little better though. In the above clip you can see him taking some odd hopping steps once he is fully turned away from the gate. That is about as bad as Hamilton behaves at the moment. I laugh at him and inform him that after a decade with Gem and almost 3 years with Eeyore he has to bring more to table than that if he wants to get out of work. 

I've even been brave enough to canter the beast


I swear we go to the right as well. Apparently I didn't get any media of that direction. 

I'm getting more and more used to his way of going. He is the polar opposite from Eeyore in nearly every way possible so it is a steep learning curve for me.  Trainer AB says I ride him well and even with his baby tantrums he is pretty fun to be around, so we keep moving forward. 

5 comments:

  1. Looks like fun. Glad you are enjoying Hamilton!

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    1. He is a good boy overall and easy to work with

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  2. Glad you're getting some good rides with him! Plus lol those little hops- if that's the worst he does than SCORE!

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    1. Right?! He gets ideas of being "bad" but he is inherently a Good Boy so when he rebels its a little pathetic.

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  3. I love how he continues to be a sweetheart.

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