Current Projects @ Equine Solutions

It has been such a difficult spring and summer for us all as horse folk this year so I thought I would keep things optimistic and positive with an update on some of my current projects which are ongoing and going ever so well.

I have been doing a lot of remote lessons during lockdown which kept me busy and works very well when being at a session in person is not possible for whatever reason. It really helped some people stay in the groove with their horses. It is important we all stay focused for our horses, and ourselves and start to look forward to the future with optimism. So here are just some of the horses I am working with just now.

Jodi Podmore and Mojo.

As a rider Jodi has evented to a high level and is what I would call an advanced rider, whilst Mojo is a strapping gelding who was creating quite a fuss with Jodi and throwing tantrums both out hacking and when ridden indoors. The first thing we needed to do was to check if Mojo was moving ok which we did. I was not happy with how he was engaging, or rather not engaging his left hind leg. One of the major challenges for Jodi was dealing with the immense power of Mojo who is a big unit standing at sixteen two hands high. We made our plan and got started.

I did a bit of long reining and progressive lungeing with Mojo as he was becoming dangerous at times and we needed to get some control over his behaviour. Jodi was very brave riding him at this stage, particularly outside as indoor facilities were not available due to Covid 19. The aim was to at first get some control and organisation with Mojo with a view to getting him to the point where Jodi could get jumping. Steadily we stepped things up and worked on keeping Mojo right in his weight, fitness and soundness as we improved his rideability. Jodi followed the plan to perfection and is a grand rider. We used video in sessions and discussed the footage afterwards. This was critical to the improvement we, at first established and are now maintaining. We started around April and just this mid July, Jodi had a superb ridden session on Mojo up at the wonderful outdoor jumping facility at Tushingham in Shropshire. Jodi and Mojo are now bang on track for some great days together as we continue to progress further.