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        12-15-2012, 10:04 PM
      #6191
    Weanling
    Undoubtedly, better connections than I.
         
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        12-15-2012, 10:55 PM
      #6192
    Yearling
    Eliduc- hilarious! Thanks for the smile!

    Isabella provided some smiles today. We were just riding around the arena. Just at a walk, an occasional trot. I am not a jumper...have never attempted to jump and have no interest in jumping anything other than small creeks or mud puddles out on the trail!

    BUT....Isabella was showing some curiousity at some of the jumps today so I walked her up to the one with cross rails...about a foot high and she smelled them, snorted and turned to walk away. We went around the arena again.

    I wanted to see what would happen if I deliberately walked her to it again. She walked right up and stepped over the jump with her front legs...and then decided it was a good time to stop and grab a bite of grass!

    So...there we are. I am in the saddle on a horse that has her front legs on one side of the jump and her back legs on the other and she is enjoying lunch!!!

    I am still so new to horses that I had no idea what to do. I had no idea if she would be able to bring her back legs up and over without momentum. (Remember...I know nothing about jumps or jumping ). I had visions of me having to dismount and dismantle the jump and pull the poles out from under her.

    So...we stood there for about 5 minutes while I tried to figure out how to proceed. Luckily, the barn owner came out and saw my situation. LOL

    She assured me that Isabella would be able to jump over the rest of the way and instructed me to give her some leg and look straight ahead...and lo and behold....up and over we went!!!

    I learn something new every day!!

    But I think I will stick to jumping creeks!
         
        12-16-2012, 12:07 AM
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    Just to confirm I thought I'd add a few photos. The two girls looking on and rambo the ram.
    Bugs reacted to the tarp o the ground so a little work getting him used to it. Then the ride. I lead him down the road to begin with get him used to cars Two went past and very little reaction so on we walked.

    I walked him for a couple of miles throught he paddocks and forest before I felt I had enough control to ride. He was taking notice of every thing and ready to react. I rode him towards the beach and up the hill where I took the photo over looking. Lead him down the sand dune and spent 30 minutes allowing him to investigate. Dose not like the tast of sand.

    I rode him all the way home some issues shying at the horse eating sparrow and the such like but he calmed down very quick. Home was up hill, half way through the steepest part in the forest he decided it was easer to go down hill. We argued, I won. A small ditch with soft mud he would not go through so I did the unthinkable and dismounted and lead him. He jumped it. That's a no no in treking. Ill have to go back to that one and make him walk through it. The reason it is a no no to jump, is if the far bank is soft he sink his front legs deep in the soft soil and may break them with the momentum of the jump. Trek horse walk.
    I lot of training required before he is good for treking but he was listening to me. And the plus, he walked out on his own, Just bugs and me, no older experenced horse for him to follow and learn from. So I do feel very good about him. It can only get better with the odd back steep now and again. One problem I have is, he has a short back and I feel my saddle is to far forward for him. I won't mention that to she who must be obeyed. To think a new saddle may be required would not put me on the top of her most favoured list.

    It was a great day for horse and me.
         
        12-16-2012, 01:09 AM
      #6194
    Weanling
    Well done Stan!!!
    I work my horses with tarps. Excellent training. Excellent.

    I enjoyed the stories Eliduc!

    So glad to see some of ya getting out and enjoying the horses.


    I head to Minneapolis for a few days...leaving in the morning. Doc appt. For me on Monday. My daughter has vacation from work and college this week, so she is going with me. Girl trip!

    Minneapolis is a long drive from my house. It's about 7 hours to the east. Big city...crazy how there are 6 and even 8 lanes of traffic. Remember, I am a 2 lane quiet hi way country girl used to wide open spaces. Kait and I will have fun there. She and I are very close.
         
        12-16-2012, 01:12 AM
      #6195
    Weanling
    Oh, and there are a couple of huge tack shops along the way to Minneapolis.
    Stan, want me to locate you a new saddle?
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        12-16-2012, 01:45 AM
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    Originally Posted by Prairie Rose    
    Oh, and there are a couple of huge tack shops along the way to Minneapolis.
    Stan, want me to locate you a new saddle?
    I do not have a death wish at this time, but thank you for thinking about me.
         
        12-16-2012, 01:46 PM
      #6197
    Trained
    Very nice pictures of your horses Stan
    Very nice story too
    Hi Corgi
    Hi Rose
    Nice to see you all again
    Love catching up with you all
         
        12-16-2012, 01:51 PM
      #6198
    Weanling
    I wanna ride on a beach today.. darn. Those look great stan. Was going totake a picture yesterday but my batteries got to cold in the camera.. so no such luck. And prarie. Have you ever driven by a tack shop and not stoped before in your entire life? Anyone?? I would be hard pressed to remember a time I actually made it by one with out stopping. Its like my pickup just can't do it..ride safe everyone.
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        12-16-2012, 07:06 PM
      #6199
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by montcowboy    
    i wanna ride on a beach today.. darn. Those look great stan. Was going totake a picture yesterday but my batteries got to cold in the camera.. so no such luck. And prarie. Have you ever driven by a tack shop and not stoped before in your entire life? Anyone?? I would be hard pressed to remember a time I actually made it by one with out stopping. Its like my pickup just can't do it..ride safe everyone.
    Never ever been able to not stop....The internet is my inner tack demon lmao!
         
        12-17-2012, 03:37 PM
      #6200
    Weanling
    Picked up about a foot of snow last night..and with the high winds it looks like another world out there..yes .. im in by the fire..my toes get cold..toes and nose. I tend to feed alot of sweet feed in the winter. Figure it helps give the inner furnace of the horses alittle extra umffff for cold weather..i do believe that winter is here to stay.hope everyone is doing good this fine cold wintery monday. Happy holiday everyone.. and ride safe..
         

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