I love her mane so this was heartbreaking. Generally it's not noticeable unless her mane is perfectly combed. I've started a program from Manely Long Hair, there is a great detangler and then a hydrating conditioner that you can dilute into a spray in leave on conditioner. The detangler is very slick and I recommend gloves since it's pretty messy.
The kit I purchased also comes with the smaller detangler brush the larger brush to brush out the mane and tail to keep it clean. So far the system is very impressive and I'm hoping that having less tangle free hair will prevent future missing chunks.
After several days in the wind Dani's hair was very easy to brush and though it was dirty from her usual rolling on the ground. It was excellent not having all those tangles in her mane. Seems to be a great system so far!
It has been very busy at work and at home I’ve been trying
to catch up on things I’ve neglected like cleaning and organization. When I’ve been at the barn it’s been for a
quick hello to Dani and then a push to finish the trailer painting. At least now it’s pretty much done with just
door jams and similar areas that need painting and a period of time being left
open to fully dry.
It also seems like ages ago that I went for a ride with M
across the street to the high school. I’d
taken Dani for a walk over there once to see what it was like so felt we were
ready for a little ride. M and I went
for the ride one evening when it wasn’t too busy outside with football practices
and the school’s track team.
Honestly Dani was pretty good but again I had the issue that
either she walks too fast or Scotty is a slow boy! At times Dani was sort of jiggy and excited
but she didn’t try to run off. I felt
like I was having to constantly slow her down and felt like I was just pulling
on her mouth. A few times she wanted to
trot in excitement but a quick turn into a circle stopped that.
On the way home she kept tossing her head, I think a bug or
something got in her nose because a large snort calmed her down and the head
tossing ceased. I’ve since purchased
Julie Goodnights Kindle version of trail riding. In that book there is a section about jiggy
behavior and how to remedy that. Since I
don’t have access to the book right now as I write this here is what she wrote
on her webpage answering the question from a lady with a jiggy horse:
solution that I have always had success with is to pick up high on the reins
(sitting back on your pockets at the same time) when he breaks into the trot,
and the instant the horse walks, drop the reins dramatically to a very loose
rein, with your hands actually laying on the horse’s neck so he can feel them.
He may only walk a step or two before he trots again, then pick up and release
dramatically (the rein drop has to be very dramatic so that the horse notices).
he will associate walking with a totally loose rein and that is what he wants
(that is what any horse wants). Also, it really helps to concentrate on the
walk rhythm and really sit down on him hard and make sure you are not tensing
in your seat in anticipation of the horse breaking into trot. Often in this
situation, people tense in their seat thinking that the horse is going to break
into trot and pretty soon, the horse thinks he is supposed to be trotting
because he feels the rider's weight shifting forward. So make sure you are
sitting well back on your seat bones with loose and relaxed joints.
the horse to walk on a loose rein. If you feel him tense up like he might trot,
just sit relaxed. Do not correct him unless he actually breaks into a trot.
That way he learns to trust you too and he learns that he is only corrected if
he actually trots. Don’t get sucked into the vicious cycle of you pulling all
the time and him jigging all the time.”
I have longer split reins on order, back order actually from
Chicks Saddlery, that I will hopefully receive soon and it will be much easier
to do this dramatic take up and release of the reins. I’ll have to try this first when it’s just us
and then again when Scotty is there. I
think Dani really has no opinion on riding with Scotty, I don’t think she’ll
have an issue riding out alone but we shall see!