Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Denver Colorado
• Horses: 0
HorseMonday: 60* today, sunny/windy, snow moving in tomorrow for the rest of the week. Only 10 horses pens/stall to clean, the others have moved out. After cleaning helped Janice w/watering & cleaning/overturning the water bins in the unused pens. After my lesson, helped her w/worming, have never done that! She showed me how. I did the horses that are ok w/the process, & she did Beauty & Bailey, who are not. She worked out Bailey fine w/a headstall. Got to watch her work w/Beauty; a little rope-turning & action to get her to settle & get her mind elsewhere. It all was a good lesson. Got to see how to turn the mind elsewhere w/a little work-out, & how to administer the med. After that, I put Addie in his round pen w/his hay, & the horses were turned out to pasture. I helped. (Addie has to be penned for his out-time, as he gets stallion-y, even tho gelded).
Lesson #15: walked round-pen after warm-up, then into arena. After 2 full walks there, did half-arena. Worked on RELAXING; softhands, correct reinging,leg cues (where I got confused; I go "backwords/opposite" but thii9ng I've now got it in my head. Recognized that the nono-second I got tired & lost focus, Tommy moved to Janice & wouldn't behave for me..she explained,again, that my mind/emotions immediately register w/him. That was @ my seemingly 25-30 min "mark". I rested & let Tommy stand for a bit & grab some weeds. Then we started again; Janice said Tommy was in a new "now" moment, & I could be too...so, we did it again, & it was nice. (Janice then tried back-up cues, but I got a bit lost on that, as was already tired & losing focus, but it's all good). I think I did good. Have come to realize I need to have no "agenda"; just want a solid seat & feel safe & do the reins properly. I DO overthink;( Janice said "Stop thinking! Just feel!"). I did my best w/that today.
It was a long day. 5 hrs there, 2 hrs commute. Glad I've taken tomorrow off from work for my last vacation day of the year.
Have not responded to some things I've wanted to, but know I've read every one.
(LOL, be prepared for pics of headstall/reins from Rick, perhaps my horsehead base & rein board thingy).. plus horsehead etc once constructed!
Love to all.
Onward & Upward, I'm Not Done Yet...