February 26, 2013
February 24, 2013
February 21, 2013
February 19, 2013
I think it's hard for anyone who hasn't had a bad fall to really understand how it is to work back up to riding, and then riding at speed. Non-horse people for one think you are crazy for even considering getting back on a horse. Non-horse people would just say "I'm done" and walk away. Horse people get it that passion and love is what it's all about. It's like the air you breath, the core of who you are...but the fear you have after falls can really tamper with your feeling of self in a way. Sometimes the fear is not really there; falls from my past, I just got back on and didn't think anything of it really. Other times, like after my recent falls, I've been shakingly afraid when in the saddle.
February 17, 2013
February 16, 2013
February 11, 2013
|My Ariats with the broken "hook eyelet" next to it.|
February 10, 2013
February 09, 2013
Then I started working on rubbing her while on the standing on the block, then leaning on her; this is what Laurie had me do during our lesson. Since then I’ve done some work where she was just in a halter and I led her around the block, got up and down on the block and asked her to move at least one step in the direction towards the block.
Today I went out to get a ride in before some icky cold weather hit, but of course we desperately need the moisture! I spent time grooming Dani, always my favorite part of being with a horse is making them shine and loving on them! She's already starting to shed out winter coat! I'm excited because it means the days are getting longer...well obviously they have been since what, December 21st?? I got some new stirrup leathers, still synthetic but longer and they are great! I also figured out how the Wintec stirrup leather "loop" works. I was thinking it went through the loop like on other saddles but it actually just goes in and then comes out under the saddle flap. I'll have to take a picture to show it since I can't seem to explain it the way I want.
Today was chilly and the indoor arena was packed with about 10 riders going over a jumps course. I think there is a show coming up because one girl with a cute white pony was telling me about hoping to show of her pony at the show to find her a new owner. Anyways, out into the driving wind and cold we went.We approached the mounting block and I let Dani sniff it. Then I stood on it and had her move around it, I had her reins off like I was leading her. Then I put them on her neck and led her up to it. I got prepared to mount and she stood like a good girl. Once I was on though she walked off before I asked; I abruptly asked her to stop. I was so proud of her though, little steps of progress.
February 08, 2013
February 06, 2013
In previous posts I mentioned that I would go home from work and then go to the barn, well that time slot doesn’t work really well…especially since the husband has been home. It’s hard for me to leave the time spent chilling with him to go see my little mare. I’d honestly rather just leave from work to get to the barn first thing at about 4:30pm and then get home around 6:30-7pm. But 4:30pm is right when the horses are being fed, so what am I to do? I wish I got off work earlier but I don’t. I have a little hay net and used that once so Dani could snack while I groomed her but is this a good practice? I don’t want her tummy grumbling and I feel she’ll be in a better mood if I’m not completely taking her away from her meal. I don’t have time to work her each evening for very long so it’s not like all the blood will be leaving her stomach to go to muscles and potentially cause issues with her GI system. The other thing is that she gets only hay in the evenings. Her supplement, which is vitamins and a handful of grain to mix, is fed in the morning. I really just need to go when it’s best for me or I won’t go at all!! Like I said I don’t have time to “really” work on things when I get out there so I should just go and work on tiny things when I go. I need to get better about this and know that I don’t have to go every day, if I can make it out certain days of the week to start that will be good. Small changes!