Isn't it crazy the lessons you can learn from horses? Just the other day I learned a really important one!
I have always wanted to show my horse. I thought this summer would be great to start. Everything seemed to work out quite lovely. I found a trailer to rent just down the road, I practiced with Comet every day and I picked out all the shows months in advance.
I spent a whole day with my friend (who would be my barn show hand) preparing for the show.…Continue
Added by Amanda Hoss on October 10, 2010 at 9:51pm — No Comments
We had a clinic this past weekend with a very good clinician we've ridden with before. This week hasn't been all that great, Maggie dumping my trainer and all that, but, I expected a good ride. Now, we've been working on the trot with the girl, less on the canter. But, we were doing great, walk (quit moving so much), trot (softer and wait in the transition), and then the left lead canter, quite nice, developmental, but nice. Unfortunately, the right lead canter is not so good, so more right…Continue
Well, two weeks ago I got to have a lesson at the present incarnation of my old horsie alma-mater, North Fork School of Equitation up in Jefferson, MD. I got there early, and got to see Karen Fenwick, who runs the school, give a group lesson. This was interesting, it was a pretty big lesson, 12 people, from college age kids to a lady who looked like she was in her sixties, with physical shapes running from thin and sleek to quite plump. There was even a MALE student running…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on October 3, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments
Typical for southern Alberta, nothing is typical in weather. So, this weekend we had 25C and 22C or so. And after the crappy summer we had, I HAD to get outside with little Maggie.
Friday was work in the arena, 25 minutes because that's as long as I could be VERY specific and demanding with her about being forward and answering the aids promptly. She did well. This was my first ride after my trainer was on her Wednesday.
Saturday, pure decadence, I went and…Continue
Added by MagsNMe on September 26, 2010 at 10:21pm — No Comments
Ah my little child, she is quite the charmer. Lately when being taken out to the field, she's been squealing and rearing. Her very favourite means of letting you know she's ready to be seriously naughty. So, we've put on her rope halter, it only takes one good thwack of that with the nice heavy lead rope... consequences, and it's done.
Had a very lovely ride on her today. I think I may have convinced her that I am more patient than she is, I'm not going to give in just…Continue
Added by Carolyn Resnick on August 25, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
Last Sunday's ride on Cider did not go very well. I have been trying the Wellep Lever Cheek snaffle on her, seeing if I could use the bit while my hands deteriorated in the heat. At first everything went well, I used the bit through two stretches of 18 days of highs over 90 F and on Sunday we were into the third extended stretch of heat and high humidity. Two weeks ago I noticed that Cider was not reacting as well to the bit. On Sunday she lost all patience with me. All of a…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on August 22, 2010 at 10:41am — No Comments
Added by Jane Savoie on August 20, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments
So, last night Maggie and I had a lesson. We were outfitted with the running martingale, which is working well, although it got adjusted a bit tighter. Beauty of the running, it only engages when you need it and it doesn't help you actually ride your horse or get it round. It also takes away Maggie's favourite game of throwing her head in the air and doing whatever the hell she really wants to do... always a bonus.
So, we warmed up and then out comes the longe whip. Now we're…Continue
Added by MagsNMe on August 12, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments
Champion Suprême d'Eté
Deutsches Reitpony (RHLD), 1m45, palomino
Père/father: FS Champion de Luxe
Mère/mother: Power Lady (x Power Boy)…
Added by Elevage d'Eté on August 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments
This week Debbie was gone to some big show, so I had to ride by myself Wednesday. Waking up vaguely nauseous I got to the barn, groomed and tacked Mia, and with my husband's help got to the arena. Remembering my thoughts about last week's ride, we started off at a gentle walk, with SOFT contact, following every move of Mia's head. Mia rewarded me with a good walk, moving right on out with minimal use of my legs. Then two flocks of ducks started sparing in the adjacent pond,…Continue
Lulled by previous successes, I started to make a serious mistake last week when riding Mia at Debbie's last week.
As you know, I have been doing an experiment this summer, seeing how long it will take for the two ladies I ride with to tell me that my hands have gotten too bad for a bit. Part of the reason is that I wanted to see for myself if the Wellep bit is truly an advance in bit technology or just another gimmick. Plus, its my…Continue