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    11-30-2009, 04:07 PM
I had a great lesson again today. :)
I got to ride Bentley again and he was much calmer. His canter is the most comfortable I have ever rode and his jump is really smooth.
We had a couple bad jumps at the beginning because he's so sensitive and the lightest tug makes him tense up, so then I just let him do his thing and totally got out of his way. He was amazing!
I love him! <3
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    11-30-2009, 05:33 PM
Western girl - don't you think 30 minutes of loping is a bit much ? In the hour I ride on saturday and sunday and wedenday and fridays , I only lope 10 minutes of the time , walk 20 and jog 20 , and then walk the horse down until he's cool
    12-02-2009, 07:51 PM
Okay, my turn!! I had moved my horse to a new barn recently. Unlike the former barn, they feed him all the hay he can eat in addition to his grain, so he's finally filling out and feeling really good. Today, I asked for a nice trot and got the prettiest, most round trot he's ever done. He was totally using his back and propelling from behind instead of plodding along on his front legs. Also, for reasons I cannot figure out, suddenly cross rails and low verticals seem incredibly small. Out of nowhere, we're now jumping 2'3" without any issues. We're new to jumping as a pair, so that's a big deal for us. I guess now that's he's using himself better, it just makes jumping much easier for him and more smooth for me. Don't know...don't care! It's fun!
    12-04-2009, 08:00 AM
I had a great ride last month (when I was able to ride - before my knee reconstruction) when I FINALLY mastered leg yield and collected canter on our intermediate horse Rory; who's the type of snobby, stubborn but educated man who'll MAKE YOU WORK FOR EVERY INCH!!!

He was lugging and pulling and leaning on my hands, and refusing to move forward unless I literally cramped up my calf muscles up, but then, I managed to tweak the reins in just the right combination, combined with the right amount of leg pressue, and it. Just. Worked!!! He fell in beautifully to line and lightened up like a cloud. I brought him on a circle and managed to keep him on it with just leg pressure and the slightest rein tweaks!! I was sooo happy afterwards, but soooo exhausted!!
    12-05-2009, 12:06 PM
This was last weekend, but I forgot to mention it. :)
Last weekend, Rog and I hadn't ridden since Wednesday.. I was a little worried about what the time off might do. We rode with a different instructor than usual, who I usually don't like.. It was a dressage lesson, so at least I didn't have to worry about his crazy taking off when we were jumping.
Well, at first we were doing pretty simple things. (Trot down the center line, change direction) He was really good!! So the instructor (who knows my pony pretty well) had us do some trotting poles. She was pretty wary ("Make sure he trots! Think slow! Think SLOW!") .. but he was perfect!!! ♥ So we started doing some figure eights, and then cantered on the rail. Best cantering work I have ever gotton from him! EVER! So slow, smooth, perfect!!
So later we did cantering figure eights with a simple lead change.. this got him excited. So he was going fast but I still got him to trot and switch leads and everything. <33
    12-05-2009, 01:16 PM
I had the best ride ever last night. It was mine and Phoebe's first time back showjumping in a competition. Last time we were jumping she was rushing alot and a bit uncontrollable because of my riding habits, and yesterday we just clicked and did so well it was our first clear round of the league Sadly no video footage :( lol
    12-07-2009, 03:36 PM
I had a good lesson again today. :)
We had a flat lesson and I rode Maestro (who I used to jump) and we worked on slowing down/ stopping with our seat and on cantering on the wrong lead.
I got him to go on the bit really well and I love riding him on the flat.
    12-08-2009, 10:50 PM
Today I made my first step to facing and overcoming my fear of horseriding!
It was a scary but good experience!
Next week, I'll be back!

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