Woke up this morning to 32 degrees and snowing quite heavily. Yuck! I just want spring to arrive! Headed to the barn anyways, Grace and I had a nice ride, though I forgot my riding gloves and my knuckles stung from the cold, then went numb.
Foxhunter - lovely pictures. I'm Irish American, most of my extended family still live in Ireland, your pics remind me of my great uncle's farm...it's just so gorgeous there.
Maisie - I soo know what you mean. My barn is having a show this Saturday, I'll be the only one over the age 16 showing, but I don't care. A show is a show, and the more experience I can give Grace, the better she'll be at the next show we trailer to.
I will be 39 this May but the other thread has too many young'uns in it for me :) Can I join? I have been riding off and on for over 30 years. I currently own a 6 year old 15.1 H haflinger and I think he is going to be my final horse as it took 5 years to find him.
I ride western but Sonny has shown dressage so I will be working with him on that this summer with a friend of mine. I had a 15 year period of time between college, finding a job, getting married, and buying a house, where I did not have access to a horse so I am relearning everything all over again. Now that I am older, I find myself tensing up more when I am in the saddle. I think it has to do with me worrying about getting hurt as I am older and the bones aren't as strong as they once were.
I took cutting lessons about 2 years ago, went to my first competition, thought I was going to wet my pants I was so scared, and decided the first would also be my last :) It was definitely a great experience though. I am going to be just a regular rider and trails mixed in on really nice days.
This weekend, my trainer and I worked on just relaxing in the saddle. I forget to breath and stiffen up, waiting for the great spill to eventually happen, and Sonny can read it and he turns his head to give me a look like "what do you think I will do with you?". So we worked at a walk Saturday and relaxing and keeping my elbows in, my feet relaxed, and not let Sonny get away with stretching his neck out. Next weekend, I will be working on the trot.
My name is Jenny. I'm 42 and will be celebrating a year with my first gaited horse in May. It's amazing how quickly it all came back when I decided it was time once again to be a horse owner. Back when I was 15, it all seemed so easy. All I did was get on and ride! Now I have to find my own hay, a farrier and am in an area where there are very few horse owners so that means no support! (Or trainers) It all seems so complicated. Was the ground really that hard back in the 80's? Seems like it has gotten further away and harder! I am happy to be a horse owner, most days, and would love to learn more about ownership and training. I am currently boarding at my mother-in-law's farm, which was a huge mistake, and looking for a farm. We also have a mini donkey as a pasture pet. I don't get to work my horse as much as I would like, but I see him every day. I also haven't ridden since February when he spooked repeatedly at passing cars. I am trying other things like joining up (ha ha ha) parking out and side passing on the ground. Here's to all who ride alone! Me, I would love more friends.
My competition days are over, I just do not have the time to do the work involved so I work with the younger ones and make them do the hard work whilst I sit on the bench in the arena making them sweat and ache!
Funny thing about 'finding' horses, I have a 15.1 chestnut gelding that was bought by a dear friend of mine. Unfortunately I think he was doped hen she tried him. She did everything right, tried the horse - took him for a day fox hunting, decided to buy him and arranged - via me, as the horse was in this area, to have him vetted. My vet passed him sound so he went to his new home. The vetting took place a week after the trial and she was not present when he was vetted.
He got very strong and out fox hunting put a foot in a hole and Nick came down and broke her neck. It was touch and go but she survived and although doing very well could be classed as 'walking wounded'
Horse came to me to be sold, no one could hold one side of him and he was lacking trust in people and knew he was stronger than a human. He would set his neck when being led to the field and take off. A chain over his nose helped but was not the answer. He was very wary in the stable, could kick the eye out of a fly if you tried to do anything along his belly or between his back legs. He would jump to his feet if he was lying down and he heard you coming.
Took me a while of being very determined with him but he came around. I would trust him with a baby in the stable, I can do anything I like with him and if he is lying down when I go to tack him up I can put his bridle on and all he does is tolie flat!
I have had a lot of horses in my time but this one is so full of character, always in trouble but never malicious, that I will never part with him.
I was not looking for another horse so I guess he found me.
This was one of the first times he stayed down when I went in with him.
Welcome Jenny and myQHpaul! Sonny is adorable. Jenny, I usually ride alone, too. Half the stalls at my barn are horses in training for cutting. The few boarders we have don't ride much, some not at all. I have many evenings after the trainer goes home, just me and my mare and the radio in the arena. There seem to be quite a few stud colts in training now, and since it seems as if my mare is in season about 99% of the time, I don't even bother going up to the arena when there is training going on.
Hope that both of you like the forum.