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post #131 of 145 Old 11-22-2013, 12:58 PM
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post #132 of 145 Old 11-22-2013, 01:23 PM
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I have not been riding because I am behind in a class and I feel guilty for doing anything else even being here on Horseforum. But I am going to ride today because it is my birthday!!! And even though it is cold, it is sunny and clear.
This is the down side of owning horses, bc there is NEVER enough time to ride. =(
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Did another day today and had another breakthrough. I need to set this up a little. My horse is an OTTB with short pasterns and a straight shoulders. He came to me with a jackhammer trot. I managed to improve it a lot over the years, but it's still not the easiest thing to sit. I've made attempts before that resulted in me bouncing around up there and my horse literally sighing as I attempted to find my center of balance.

I did all my walk and cantering first. Moved onto posting trot and realized it was going really well. So I decided, what the hell. I relaxed my hips and sat in the saddle. We floated around for 4 laps without a single bounce. Angels sangs, fire shot out of my thighs, it was flippin fantastic! I wish I had it on video but I almost always ride alone. I promise I will at least set up a stationary canter and get all this stuff on video some time soon. After all, I am the one who put all of you up to it.
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post #134 of 145 Old 11-22-2013, 06:13 PM
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After a few days of -25C daytime temperatures, it's all good again, -5C in daytime. Today I did the stirrupless thing again on both horses, it`s okay now, it`s the cold I am worried about.

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post #135 of 145 Old 11-22-2013, 06:30 PM
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I honestly tried to ride the other day but it was -21*C. I made it about 5 minutes XD

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post #136 of 145 Old 11-22-2013, 08:45 PM
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I got my second ride in tuesday and my legs are still sore! Bareback can kick your butt when go walk/trot off and on for 15 minutes straight. I would have gone longer but i had to get to work. Going for 20 minutes next time!

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post #137 of 145 Old 11-23-2013, 03:15 PM
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i'm hoping to get a good ride in today and tomorrow. it's been freezing cold all week and this weekend we have sun and temps barely below freezing. woot! now to decide if i just go bareback or pull out the wintec...... i guess it all depends on how bad the snow balls in my Eddie horse's feet, because we can't do much more than a walk when he ends up with ice stilletos :(
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post #138 of 145 Old 11-25-2013, 03:00 AM
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Saturday I had a wee ride in the forest, and went stirrupless for 10 minutes at walk again, but I guess that does not count, as I am basically a passanger there, but after about 1 h of walking with stirrups, even in dressage saddle, it is nice to take your legs out and stretch them, move them about..
I cannot ride stirrupless at home as the ground is still very wet, even though we got our first snow just an hour ago. As well as I work now, and I don't have a floodlight, I cannot ride in the evenings..
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post #139 of 145 Old 11-25-2013, 06:41 PM
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I was actually able to take a short ride today. After the weather of the last few days, the 30*F temps were actually almost balmy LOL.

BUT, the wind started to come up and made the wind chill plummet so I had to call it a day. All in all, I was maybe out for 45 minutes.

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post #140 of 145 Old 11-25-2013, 07:12 PM
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Rode the bronc stirrup-less lol I was feeling a bit daring...I'm still alive!
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