Wow..lots to catch up on and lots to tell!
Nicker, glad you had a great session with Jay today!
Dave, so happy your daughter enjoyed her first show with her horse. That's all the matters in the long run!
CW, hope you have a great time at the ride.
Melinda, I LOVE the Captain America conchos!
Alex, Stan, Rick, Critter, Tj, Celeste, Ladytrails,Hunter, CaCowgirl, and everyone else I may have forgotten, Just a shout out to say hello and I hope you had a great Saturday.
Ok, so Isabell is still in heat and still obsessed with the mustang mare. I know for sure she not eating and I don't think she is drinking either. Tonight, we had to place her feed bucket outside of the mustang's field. It was the only way she would eat. I am only concerned about the eating because she has supplements in her morning grain that she needs to eat! I am more concerned about the drinking. The reason I don't think she is drinking is because she spends 24 hours standing at the fence line closest to the other mare, running that fence, calling to her. The water trough is at the other side of the field. I am worried aout dehydration or colic if she is not drinking...and you know the saying...you can lead a horse to water. I tried to get her to drink and she wouldn't.
She doesn't act sick or tired...just obsessed with this horse. Please tell me this will only last another day or two. It started on Wednesday. Its gotta end soon.
She is still fine under saddle. Today was the riding with music clinic and it poured rain. I mean buckets. We don't have an indoor and this guy traveled a distance to be there so we had the clinic in the rain...but couldn't have music because we couldn't run the extension cords to the speakers in a downpour. Sounds miserable doesn't it?
It wasn't bad. We rode to beats instead of actual music. The rain came and went and came again. Isabella ate lots of wet grass so I hope that hydrated her some.
The rain ended just in time for my private lesson. It was with a Level 2 Parelli instructor. I board at a Parelli barn but am not what you would call a Parelli follower. I take techniques and ideas from lots of different trainers. Parelli has some good ideas and I take and use what I like.
Today the instructor asked me what my riding goals were and I said my goal was to ride bareback and bridleless. I have the bareback part down, but can't ride without reins because my leg cues suck!
Let's just say that by the end of the hour, I had Isabella riding along the rail with no reins. I could turn her around and back on the rail with no reins...and could almost stop her without reins...he gave me what I need to do to make thAt happen...i just need to practice.
Interestingly enough, he told me I should back up Isabella two or three steps each time I stop her. That is something we learned out in Montana while staying at a Buck Brananman ranch. I had forgotten that.
So anyway, it was a great lesson and despite horse hormones and soggy jeans and socks, I learned a lot!
Now I am curled up on the couch and eating chocolate chip cookies! Life is good!
I am ending with a pic of my hormone crazed girl eating dinner with her obsession, PC, the mustang!