Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Olds, AB Canada
So heres an update!
On thursday we had are very first class! It's called Tractor Ops I think.. We learn about tractors and trucks and how to drive them :) We get to drive a tractor, a gator, a skidster, a truck with a bumber pull trailer and a gooseneck trailer! And it's all hands on training which I love!
On thursday we got to go to Spruce Meadows!! It was amazing! So much fun! We got to sit in the Skybox :) It had the most perfect view! And the weather was beautiful too. We got to watch The Masters and then we got some very delicious food ;) It was all just little things like chicken satay on a stick and little pasteries with like pork and then a greek one, with spinach and goat cheese! Then we got to go down to the arena and walk the course with one of the jumpers :) The jumps were a little above my head! LOL. Then we got to watch The Cup and get little cupcakes and cookies :) It was really fun!
Friday was our first day of full classes. We got broken up into 3 groups so we could have a smaller groups to get more hands on. I am in the group that is doing Breeding first :) We get to learn about teasing, cleaning and actual handbreeding. Also instead of books we got Modules, which are just a stack of papers that are like a book and work sheets together! I love them! It has all of the information and spaces for you to write down answers. And they are not expensive! Two of my modules were only $8 each (they werent that big) and my other one, which is a big one, was $40 :)
I have this other class that I have to buy a book for, it's like an english class, and the book is $90! And it's not even that big... But appearently I need to pass this class to pass the year :( It's kind of boring.
We had a little bump in the road as well... As I told you a bought new tack for my classes (All tack would also fit my gelding) and it's all english tack.
........ I can't use any of it!!
We were put into groups, we do 5 weeks of one subject then switch, do 5 weeks in another subject, switch, then do 5 weeks in the last sucject.
The subjects are: Handbreeding (which I am in now), Ground Training (I am in next) and Horsemanship (riding). We do all of this before christmas. I am group C so I do riding last. But for the riding the put us into English or Western. They put me in western......... I have only english tack...... And they wont switch me to english! They said to either borrow someone elses tack or I could use their tack.
I am also not that good at western, I am better at english and I wanted to ride english.
And since I have to ride western I had to get a new pair of boots... Since I am not alowed to ride in Fatbabys... Which are the boots I have... So I just found a nice pair that was on sale, they were only $45 and they are quite pretty LOL
I also have NOTHING to do on the weekends :( I tried to sleep in, but I can only stay in bed until 8 or 9 am. I walk through the barns and watch the teams do their chores.. I hope I am not bothering them by watching... I also got to see the new babys that are going to be used for the Ground Training class :) They are only weanlings! Soo cute!
We also get to do rotaional chores! I can't wait! There are 3 barns that we need to take care of. The english barn, the western barn and the breeding barn :) So what we have to do is put the horse out, feed them and clean their stalls, and clean the barn. Mine don't start until sept 28th. I can't wait to do them :)
Anyway, thats all for today :)
Horses are scared of two things... Things that move and things that don't.