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        01-13-2014, 04:31 PM
      #14741
    Trained
    It is pouring rain again, but I don't care. I am stuck at work anyway. I hate it when it rains on the holidays and weekends. There should be a rule against that sort of thing.
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        01-13-2014, 05:03 PM
      #14742
    Yearling
    I agree, Celeste; rain/cold/snow/wind on any day except my Sunday-Monday. That's MY rule, lol! (FYI, re previous post, those 3 ones the only ones I did, the other muckers will have double-doody on those tomorrow).

    Lesson #17: I'd asked Janice for a ground work/body language thing. Dang, I got it. She made it look so easy. She wanted to do Bailey, then Flicka, as Bailey will do anything she's told & Flicka will give a challenge. So, Bailey first, out in the round pen; Janice showed me point-of-shoulder, eyes-on-horse, movements to change direction, moving her along (this is w/coiled rope, motions,stance), bringing her forward in release then "join-up". Yup, looked easy. Me, I totally confused myself & of course Bailey, but it finally worked out. I guess.

    Janice said I did well & not too be hard on myself, but still. One of the first ignorant things I did was, in listening to Janice, walk right into Bailey's line of sight & confuse her as to who was giving her direction.

    I admit I get spacey & stupid after the hard work of mucking (& today was intense) but I'm hard on myself because I seem to have no stamina/energy after a bit, & my brain gets muddled. (Hope Janice didn't see the tears puddling, but I didn't let them drop.)

    Anyway, did learn a lot, & hope I can get it all absorbed. We didn't get Flicka out for a 2nd run of the lesson, because I had no energy or brainspace left to do it well. Just wanted to go home.

    Oh, Janice said "your guys on your chat are going to think I'm crazy, like "you're teaching what??" I told her YOU guys totally know what she's trying to do w/me, & explain things to me & that she'd really like you'all. I felt surprised that she'd say that, as she's a super-confident person (& is vary wary of all the NewAge touchy-feely stuff in regards to horses, so maybe she felt a bit unsure of what she does that goes right into someone like Monty Roberts). Oh, she just knows her stuff, & knows horses. Told her today SHE reads me like a book, since she's half-horse anyway. She laughed & said she's had a lot of practice.

    Well, as for me, I've known for a long time that I can read tons, watch videos etc, but really doing something is where the learning comes in. I did FEEL, a couple of times w/Bailey, what she was talking about. I watched for head movement, lip-licking, muscle tension or lack thereof (that one's hard). I think I learned alot today. Maybe wasn't such an idiot after all.
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        01-13-2014, 05:07 PM
      #14743
    Yearling
    Btw...I did get Bailey to join up....
         
        01-13-2014, 05:10 PM
      #14744
    Trained
    Don't be sad when things are hard TJ. You are learning tons of stuff. Hang in there. I wish that you could come visit me. I would take you for a nice long trail ride on my gentle old appaloosa and your confidence would soar.
         
        01-13-2014, 05:13 PM
      #14745
    Yearling
    Oh, Nicker! I told Janice about your pic on Jay on your little manure pile! She said I need to get a pic of her dogs on top of hers...will try to accomplish that, just for fun. Oh, it's huge. Once in awhile, she has to pay to get it hauled off, which explains why it's ...ummm...large. !!
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        01-13-2014, 05:38 PM
      #14746
    Yearling
    ..I meant to say point-of-hip, not shoulder...guess I am a little upset about today. Thank you Celeste. (dang, I just puddled up again, guess it was a hard day). You've got me pegged (oh, all of you do...); I have no confidence. Dang, it's true, not that I haven't know it for eons. I just want to RIDE, I want to know how to approach them properly w/in their frame of reference, how to be around them for real. Why am I puddling up? Guess because it means so much to me.

    I told Janice today, that when I'm "away" for any length of time, it gets really hard. I get all wrapped up in work & stressed (& never want to be). I told her I want THIS to be my focus, whatever it is & no matter where I'm at w/it. Then I can do the rest. I'm sure that makes sense to everyone. I want my life to come from horses, somehow/someway/anyway I can make it happen, & the rest can just be what it is. I told Janice horses are good for me, what I can't explain, is that this involvement is imperative to my soul.

    Oh, I just spilled out way too much. Apologies, if necessary. Going to post this spill anyway, as you'all are "family" & families accept things then go on.
         
        01-13-2014, 05:40 PM
      #14747
    Yearling
    Celeste, a trail ride on your Appie would be a wonderful thing...wish I could go there.
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        01-13-2014, 06:01 PM
      #14748
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Celeste    
    It is pouring rain again, but I don't care. I am stuck at work anyway. I hate it when it rains on the holidays and weekends. There should be a rule against that sort of thing.

    We had the worst weekend for weather. Saturday it was sideways rain and poor Scotty was in the barn as they recently redid his paddock and don't want him on there when it is full of water or will turn to mush again. His other paddock doesn't have a shelter. Had an at home in my jammies day yesterday, I get those so rarely. Took advantage of the cold rainy day. Worked on my puzzle - its a tough one.

    Hoping to get out to barn to ride this week as it is over a week since he has been ridden. One of the young girls is going to start riding him once a week. She is a good little rider and will help me keep him in shape.

    Looks like the sun will be here starting tomorrow, highs of 12 degrees celcius. Its like spring!
         
        01-13-2014, 06:24 PM
      #14749
    Yearling
    Ok, the rain can stop on Hunter & Celeste.

    Spring? I can do Spring. Even the dumping-snow-Colo springs since it's a sign of Spring.

    I can do Spring. I do need a renewal.
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        01-13-2014, 07:21 PM
      #14750
    Green Broke
    NM-Hope all goes well w/the Dr. Appt. Will they be giving a back-to-work date?

    Koolio-so, do you have snow there until about April? It just looks so cold. I have been cold here in the house w/temps in the 70's. I'm such a wimp.

    TJ-what an exhausting day! I couldn't face the cold here so I really need to clean the corrals tomorrow-hopefully it won't be too windy in the morning.

    Stan-Great action shots there-glad nobody was hurt too bad.

    Rick-We used wood grain tiles for our hearth-a very light color-it really came out nice. You made that dog house quick! We're a little slower around here, but, that's retirement! We made the last payment on the F-250 today! Yayy! But also scheduled the first payment for the new Polaris-oh, well-boys & their Toys!

    Hunter-Is the girl leasing your horse, or just doing some occasional riding to help out?

    I did a lot of filing today, almost cleared off my desk top-I'll finish it up tomorrow, had to activate some replacement cards- they don't have as long a time as they used to, it seems.

    Have to figure out something for dinner now-DH is hungry, but I'm not.
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