Classical Spanish Riding with Javier Breton Perez, DAY 2

Brego Iberian gelding with Javier Breton Perez
Brego Iberian gelding with Javier Breton Perez

This morning started with the continuation of Brego's metamorphosis, whose story I told in my last post. Today Brego was still very aware but enjoying the attention, he was interacting and responding without fear.

Unfortunately Leo was called away on an emergency for someone's horse and Heike hurt herself with her main gate, so much that she couln'd drive to get here. So we were a smaller class this day.

Today would be Barbara, Maria Teresa, Corinne, Jennifer, Eve and myself.

Corinne started with longeing Magnus and then riding him for her lesson.

Corinne & Magnus-2
Corinne & Magnus-2

Walk, trot and canter. Position, legs and contact , all in lightness.

Corinne & Magnus
Corinne & Magnus

The intense tropical sun of the day, proved quite strenuous for Corinne, Javier and horses included, it was time to go to the beach! Corinne dove into the deep blue Caribbean waters to cool down and Javier, Terry, Magnus & Shiloh soon followed.

Magnus follows Shiloh into his first experience of the sea.
Magnus follows Shiloh into his first experience of the sea.

This would be Magnus's first trip to the beach and the sea. Javier mounted Magnus and I rode Shiloh bareback. Shiloh is a seahorse and he acted as a guide and mentor to Magnus. After a few hesitations, Magnus boldly headed out to sea with Javier. First time for Javier too, the Caribbean sea on horseback!  After one moment of loosing contact with the sand and feeling dizzy from the movement of the waves, he was off, that is Magnus, waves splashing on his legs.

A little unsteady on his legs to begin with.
A little unsteady on his legs to begin with.
Javier & Magnus out to sea!
Javier & Magnus out to sea!

Then down along the beach...

Javier, Terry, Magnus & Shiloh-9
Javier, Terry, Magnus & Shiloh-9

After lunch we continued the classes. Spectators 2 legged and 4 legged watching and learning.

Fan club horses included
Fan club horses included

Eve began her class, and she wanted to learn how to ask Anya for the Piaffe. Anya had been taught this many years ago, with her previous owner and would do it on her own in the paddock, but Eve had never tried to ask her for it, as she didnt know how.

Evie with her mare Anya, a Paso Costaricense gaited horse.
Evie with her mare Anya, a Paso Costaricense gaited horse.

Under Javier's guidance they were soon dancing together :)

Anya & Eve in Piaffe-2
Anya & Eve in Piaffe-2

Jennifer had her second lesson with Asha and the day ended with a beach ride for them both, with no pulling and fighting this time.

Jennifer beach lesson-2
Jennifer beach lesson-2

and then it was a dive into the ocean for Javier! Classes over!

Javier & the Sea
Javier & the Sea

We thank you Javier for an unforgettable weekend!

Javier & Magnus out to sea!-2
Javier & Magnus out to sea!-2