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post #1 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 07:03 AM Thread Starter
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The Lovebug Thread ♥ Back in the Saddle ^_^

I started
this thread for pictures of my rides on my Standardbred mare Lovebug (or more commonly known as Honey) awhile ago when I started riding in January after a two year hiatus. Long story short, it didn't last long as Honey was actually really sore. So now with her being seen by a chiropractor and put onto a strict SLOW back to fitness scheme, Honey and I have been working solidly for the last two weeks on getting back on track. We've just been walking for now, and start trot week this upcoming week (for 2-5mins only).

It certainly has been interesting, and with Honey being quite the porker from 2 years off and ballooning this past spring (despite all my efforts), her new saddle isn't sitting where I'd like it to. But I've been assured for the amount of work we're doing, that getting the weight off this way is far more beneficial than waiting for her to lose it over this winter. So please no comments on the saddle, I'm well aware -_-

Here's a collection of pictures from our rides so far. I'll be posting all the pictures to our rides in this thread. :)


Check back if you want to follow our picture story :)

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-24-2011, 12:40 PM
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She is so pretty, and looks like a lovebug. She looks like a very kind mare.

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Thanks paintluver, she is certainly well named!
She's a sweetheart most of the time although she does have a cheeky streak to her!
She tries her best by me, which is all I can ask for!!
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Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, I've got three rides here to catch up on posting! I'll post them in two posts as there's a few pics :)

24 April 11

Our ride was a tad hilarious. Honey wanted to trot, but she's not meant to yet... all the same she tried her heart out to get going :P And I tried not to take up my reins too much like I usually do, and had long reins. Oddly enough, the lightest of contact and she went into "lets work" mode -_- Pretty sure I've stuffed up there. **PLEASE EXCUSE HER SADDLE... it was in the best position so far, and then when she was stubborn and trotted off it came forward. Sigh.

Love how cruisy she's being lately overall, this was before she went "enough walking, lets trot."

Got a bit of oomph! in her step whilst trying to tell me it's trot time lol.


29 April 11

Today Honey was allowed her first official trot under saddle. To prepare for this, because she's lost enough weight (oh yeah) I was able to push the saddle back, and tried to keep it there... we finished on a trotting note - and sadly the saddle went forward - but I expected it. I tried to do the girth up, but I have the world's most notorious bloater lol.

My favourite pic of the ride.

trotties ... she zoomed so much despite trying to half halt her, that I did the bad thing and took up rein. Le sigh. So nice to see her striding out well though, them some proper strides haha!

Turning. Ugh reins. But I always post the good with the bad!


(check next post for latest ride!)

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Our first official ride out the back where I shattered my leg two years ago... walked and trotted, Honey had a moment where she went a little silly, but we worked through it and came back to the shed smiling. Yay for working through another milestone! Love my pony ♥

There was more than one picture with her eyes half closed, haha!

Honey says "NO MORE!" I'm cruel and posted this cos I think her facial is cute and wish to smush her face :) Lol.

Trotties time = let's canterrrr! Which meant I took up my rein and said no. Sigh. Need to stop taking up my reins gosh darn it!

Just been racing around like its Addington Raceway, and then we walk and change rein and its all calm, haha! Love it ♥

By this stage I started to worry about the saddle slipping, and she kept trying to canter, so to stop her from being annoyed about being on her mouth, I slowed back to a walk and then walked her back to the shed.

I hate how grumpy moo she's looks... we need to find a happy medium where I get off having so much rein and she stops shooting off and trying to canter -_- And please excuse my facials... I believe this was the stage where I was saying "Good girlllll" or "slow down Honey" lol.

Our next ride is this Wednesday :)

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You are a really cute pair. It looks like she is building up some muscle. I remember your older thread, and your challenges with your leg being unable to bend , due to the injury. How brave of you to work back through those scary memory places.

I realize you did not ask fro a critique, and all in all I think your seat is good, just to remind you to not try to bring her head down by locking your elbows and forcing your hands downward. You'd be amazed that you can actually influence a horse that is going star gazing to bring the head down by actually lifting your hands along with their mouth and asking them to break at the poll by a light tickling of one hand, and then giving a big release when they do lower. They might try a variety of different things, like go higher, go right go left, but eventually, the will lower. When you bring your hands down to try and bring them down, it only pulls harder down on the bars of the mouth and can encourage more bracing.

But, forgive me, my small little point got out of hand. As I said, you look nice together and you have what looks like a pretty good seat on a darling horse.
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You guys look great together!

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@Tinyliny; Thank you! I have a big problem with my arms/hands. My instructor always would tell me that my arms were affected by my bigger belly, and it makes it harder for me to get a correct line from bit to mouth cos my arms have to get around my bulge! I do work on bringing my hands up, but I feel like as soon as we trot that all goes out the window. I tried to remind myself yesterday and at one point I felt like I had brought them up correctly, and she chose that moment to go "CANTER!" and I immediately went back to my old habits because she's not allowed to canter yet due to the schedule the chiro has given me. Thank you for saying my seat is decent. I've noticed since riding in the Isabell, my lower half and core has improved. I just need to stop perching from time to time and fix my darn hands/arms! I always hate when I take up too much rein, because she hates any firm kind of contact on her mouth. Do you think that if I raised my hands up, despite a shorter rein, it'll be better than the bracing and locking I do now? Ideally I want to get off her face, but I know that I will automatically take up rein if I feel we're going too fast. I want to work on this, but I realise I can't fix it overnight!

thank you muchly :)

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O.o my fave girl Honey! You two look like you are meant for each other

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@PintoTess; Thank youuuu <3 I will have to give Honey some pats for ya! ^_^ She's my special baby, I used to believe my gelding was meant for me, and then I met Honey! Lol.

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