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    04-30-2013, 09:51 PM
No problem jcraig, good luck!

Saranda, I'm glad you managed to get him out of that situation and I'm glad you're new place is working out!
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    05-01-2013, 06:25 PM
I have a lesson today! It's earlier than last week and the sun is out so hopefully I'll get pictures for you guys this time!
    05-02-2013, 03:07 PM
No pictures from my lesson cause the camera died during my sister's lesson, but we worked on 2 point at the walk trot and canter, next week were going to start over cross rails! So exciting!
    05-02-2013, 03:12 PM
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Good job! I'll be better off financially this month, so I am expecting to have some proper lessons soon, too. I'm aching for some quality gridwork and will ask for position and balance exercises on lunge. You can never get too good of a rider to get lunged once in a while. :)

Speaking of lunging, just bought long lines for Snickers and will start ground driving him once again. I used to use a couple of old lunge lines for that, but those were too short and had some indestructible knots in them, which messed up the long lining with getting stuck in the rings of my surcingle, but now we'll be able to do it properly at last. If Snickers remembers the basics well, I'll move him up to lateral work now.
    05-02-2013, 03:26 PM
Saranda, I totally agree about the lunge line. I started my English lessons a month and a half ago on line, and only recently have I gotten off. I found that it really helped me adjust my balance from what it was in a Western saddle to what it should be in an English one.

Good luck with ground driving! I'd love to see pictures!
    05-05-2013, 04:10 PM
Man,it's been forever since I've been on here!
Life has been a little insane lately; my mom has been very sick,so I've been shouldering all her responsibilities,plus running the greenhouse operation solely on my own,plus extra hours at work,in between trips to the hospitals/doctors,my own health issues that keep flaring up,and everything else that I normally do.So,I'm feeling just a little exhausted and frazzled,lol. Thankfully,Mom seems to be moving in the right direction now,so that's a huge answer to prayer!
Obviously,I haven't found much time to work with the horses,just a few minutes here and there. The farrier was out to give everyone a trim,and this time we actually managed to do Juno. :) It's not a perfect job,but much better than anyone else has managed to do. I've never seen a horse come so unglued as she does when it comes to her feet being trimmed.. I am currently working on teaching her to trailer,as that's another thing that she was never taught.And,I no longer own Missy. She's now in Manitoba,and will be going into training to start her show career. It was a hard decision to sell her,but she's got a great new home and I will get updates and be able to follow her progress. :)
    05-05-2013, 09:02 PM
Countryryder, I am glad that everything is coming back together for you!

Yesterday I had a riding lesson. It felt so good to be back on a horse, but today I'm sure stiff!
Right now my instructor is working with me on basics because I have never had lessons before. I have a good seat (which she comments on every time) but I have to work on not just riding but actually riding. And you probably know what I mean by that!
I am also learning how to properly lunge a horse. She is teaching me how to use side reins for correct top-line work.

In riding I have to work on not dropping my left shoulder, and not tilting my head to the left. I do this while circling in both directions. She also had me working on my posting to the correct diagonal.
She asked me what my goals are as far as riding goes so I mentioned that I have been interested in cross-country jumping. They are just starting to set up a CC course so she took me out to see it.
Then after unsaddling we went out and saw their three babies! She has an Andalusian stallion. The foals are so cute! Especially the little Arabian cross filly!
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    05-06-2013, 06:03 PM
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So I've schooled Snickers in a bit for two days in a row. Yesterday I just offered him to take the bit and, when he did that well, lead him around and reminded him the basics of bit pressure from the ground and then mounted. We first just walked on a loose rein and then on a very light contact, then trotted a bit, letting him get accostumed to the feel, but, when we transitioned down to walking again (all steering and transitions done with body only), he suddenly got very reluctant to move and started doing mini rears under me, that grew bigger with every offer to move a little. I got help to lead us around a little, then got a single step forwards without leading, got off and lunged him a little. There was no resistance while lunging, so I figured I got too tense myself, because I'm not really used to the thought of a bit. Took of the bridle, put on a cordeo and got on for a little relaxation ride. First Snickers was still in the error mode and offered me some smallish rears, but I managed to pull him sideways every time and soon we were trotting and cantering again nicely.

Today was much better. He seems to have started accepting the bit already and, although he still messes around in his mouth with it a lot, there are more and more moments with him going for the contact, which I've started offering lightly. We walked in trotted not only in straight lines, but also in circles and figure eights, and I got him flexing nicely along the long wall of the arena for a couple of seconds per try. I'll now get back to the hackamore for a while, but we seem to have made a nice progress in the "Operation: Bit" - at least, regarding his history with being abused with a bit by his previous owners and then just left at this stage of automatic resistance.
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    05-06-2013, 06:59 PM
I haven't been in this thread in so long. Yikes haha.

I am back to riding my gelding lightly. Friday was the first day back on in two months. I lunged him under tack first, then hopped on. We just walked around for a little while. It felt so nice. Rode again yesterday, walked and jogged. He has the bounciest jog, it is so hard not to bounce around. I am starting to get a better seat to it, but it will be some hard work I tell ya! My thighs are feeling it today though.

I think this week I will finally get to ride in our new show saddle. We bought it two months ago, just before Walter hurt himself. I am so excited. :)
    05-06-2013, 07:23 PM
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My thighs are feeling it today though.
I hear you! Got lunged today and my instructor got me practicing sitting and rising trot without stirrups and made me focus on using the proper muscles, not the ones that compensate for actually sitting straight and pretty, but wrong all the time. I loved it and I really want to get a lesson like this really soon, but I bet I'll be aching all over tomorrow!
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