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    10-01-2011, 01:31 PM
  #21
Yearling
Yay, you! I know exactly what you're going through, after breaking my wrist and trying to get back in the saddle on my 6 year old. It's scary when you know you don't have the strength in 1/2 of your body to do what needs to be done...just in case. So, it had to be a great feeling to know that you still have what it takes, and that Aries isn't going to go totally nuts when he spooks! You'll have more confidence now that you know what his "big spooks" are like! Best of luck toward your goal of the ride on the 10th!
     
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    10-10-2011, 02:47 AM
  #22
Showing
Rode Aires again on Saturday...in my stock saddle!! Yup, I decided it was now or never, especially since I had such a good ride the last time and pretty much got my mojo back. Well, it was a GREAT ride. Just in the arena again, but he listened really well, even though there were all sorts of distractions (lady across the road was out in her yard with her barking dog, the mail van drove by, the horse across the other road was being a little nutty, yadda yadda). My friend took pics again and said I looked WAY more relaxed and natural than I did even the last time I rode. I also found my place in my stock saddle MUCH easier this time. Before, I felt like I was getting thrown forward...a lot. So, this time I rolled my pelvis forward, but shifted my whole seat back (wasn't riding on my seat pockets, but was more toward the back of the saddle than the front, if that makes sense). It was SOOOOOOOO much more comfortable, balanced, and I even had an easier time keeping my heels down! Bonus was that my ankle didn't hurt at all, even after riding for as long as I did last time. :-D My friend was sitting on the observation platform thingy (aka-the converted hay wagon lol) and called out "Holy English!" as we were riding, because apparently the way I was riding and the seat I had made it look very English. Lol

I had to take my saddle to the saddle shop, though. :-/ My left stirrup leather was SIGNIFICANTLY longer than my right (we're talking AT LEAST an inch longer), but the buckle was on the top hole and because the leather widens right above the top hole, I couldn't add another hole to it. So, because I don't have any leather-working tools and I'd rather it be a professional job than the hack job I would do, I took it to the local saddle shop to trim the leather and add a hole. Should cost me under $20, and since I have a $12 credit there, it shouldn't hardly cost me anything. While I was there, I found the bit I was looking for in the size I was looking for lol. They want $15 for it, which isn't bad, considering the cheapest I've found online is $21 plus shipping. They also have a REALLY nice halter bridle that I think will fit Aires for $45. I'm kind of on the fence about getting it. I have always wanted one and this one matches my saddle REALLY well. On the other hand, I just ordered a nice, new hunter bridle for Aires (which has been sitting in Denver since last Wednesday and is REALLY beginning to piss me off), so I don't really NEED a new bridle, per say, but a halter bridle would be nice out on the trail and keep the hunter bridle for schooling in the arena. What do you guys think?

Anyway, pics of Saturdays ride will be in my photo thread. They're a little fuzzy and kinda far away (not sure how far my friend had my camera zoomed in...and as I said before, my camera is a bit odd until you get used to it), but there they are.
     
    10-10-2011, 06:52 AM
  #23
Yearling
Re: Bridles. If I were you, I'd save the money and use the one for everything. I've never seen much point in those halter bridles.
     
    10-12-2011, 04:18 AM
  #24
Showing
We got our new bridle today. It's a little stiff (needs to be oiled), but overall pretty nice. Going to see tomorrow if it fits the boy (it should if the seller's measurements were correct). Also got the saddle fixed for $15. The saddle shop guy wanted to completely replace my leathers (for $40), but I told him to just trim up the leather and add the extra hole for now and I'll replace the leathers later since I'm the only one who will be using the saddle (if my friend rides Aires, she'll use her Circle Y). Oh, and no halter bridle for us. Just remembered that we have to do fall shots this paycheck, which is $40.

As for me...I start physical therapy on my shoulder next Wednesday. Here's hoping the PT will work and we won't have to go into anything else (like surgery). I have been miserable lately because of stuff going on at work causing me to be tense, which kills my shoulder. I pretty much have a constant almost-migraine (headache that hovers on the verge of being a migraine, but never quite gets full-blown), which makes doing anything a major PITA.
     
    10-13-2011, 11:37 PM
  #25
Showing
Well, we had our first trail ride today. Talk about an EPIC WIN!!!! :-D

I just have to say that I have the most AMAZING horse, EVER!!! We went on a three hour trail ride (it wasn't anything too strenuous) and Aires did amazingly well. I hand-walked him across the highway when we started out because we were both a little nervous. When we got to the actual trail, he was a bit hesitant about his footing, but just kept plodding along. Anyway, we got to this one part where there's a rather large outcropping of granite in the middle of the trail. There's three ways to get up it and my friend, who we were riding with (she was riding CJ, her arab gelding, who is Aires' "best friend"), went up the middle way (the portion on the left used to be blocked by a downed tree and the portion on the right is bigger and steeper). Aires did NOT want to go up the way CJ went, so he decided he was going to turn around and go back. We argued about it for a few minutes, then finally my friend brought CJ back down when she realized the way on the left was open again (it's not as steep and the rocks aren't quite as big) and went up the way on the left ahead of us. Aires decided that it must be okay if CJ did it, so I won the argument and we followed CJ up, except Aires took a bit of a detour over a rather large bush. Lol So, we kept going and Aires just kept getting more and more confident...and so did I! Anyway, we went as far as the trail split where it goes to a local lake, then turned around. On the way back, we encountered three other horses (one from our barn) and Aires was like "Meh. Whatever." We stopped for a few minutes at some corrals, which were about 1/3 of the way back, and stretched our legs. Scrambled back into the saddle and we were off again. Aires was walking out REALLY well and taking these HUGE ground-devouring strides, but it was funny 'cuz it made the ride a little "bumpy" (still smooth, but very up and down) when he went down hills. So, we got back to where the trail forks for the first time and decided to take the little bit longer way back. We were on the downhill, heading back toward the main trail and it got kinda rocky, which Aires didn't like. So, since I was letting him choose his own way, he decided to go off-roading...which ended up being a not-so-bright idea. Lol He somehow managed to drag me through a juniper tree! Really, the only thing that kept me in the saddle was the poleys and the high cantle. Lol Ended up with all sorts of branches and bits down my shirt. Anywho, the rest of the ride was great, but my right stirrup was turned funny or something 'cuz by the time we were almost back to the barn my legs were NUMB! Lol So, I dismounted and walked back to the barn 'cuz there was some serious numbness/pain going on.

Anyway, we had a blast and I rode Aires on a loose rein for the majority of the ride. Loose rein as in just holding it by the buckle (I ride with English reins). We even trotted a couple of times and he settled right back down into a walk when I asked him to.
     
    10-14-2011, 12:51 AM
  #26
Showing
Forgot to mention...CJ kept being all alert and arab-y and "spooking" at random things, which is TOTALLY not like him. We figured out on the way back home that he was watching out for Aires and kind of pointing out things Aires might want to watch. CJ is such a good "babysitter" on the trail (would slow down when Aires would and kept making sure we weren't lagging too far behind). Lol What made it hilarious is that Aires could have cared less about any of the stuff CJ was "telling" him to watch out for. Lol He just kept plowing along, even when CJ would stop in the middle of the trail and dance while looking at an object like "OMG! That *might* eat you, Aires! I'm serious, dude! Watch out!"
     
    10-19-2011, 07:04 PM
  #27
Showing
Well, I've just about had it. The boarder that I had issues with before (the one who screamed at me and all that) came after me again today because I was talking to a new boarder about her pretty little paint/arab mare and about Aires.

I rode Aires again today in the arena. He was amazing! We got a new bit (5 1/4" eggbutt french link snaffle that's a little thinner than our previous bit) and he responds to it immediately. We wove the poles at a walk, went over the trot poles, went over the trail bridge and did sharp turns around the cones. I have the most amazing horse ever. We even trotted a little, but he was giving me this kind of half-a$$ trot, so it wasn't all that comfortable. Lol

Anyway, I'm on the verge of asking the BO if I can just give him my credit card number so he can run the $100 a month I pay toward Aires on the last day of the month and moving Aires to a different barn. I don't want to move, but I just can't deal with that other boarder anymore. He's made it so I don't want to go out to the barn at all if I know he's going to be there.
     
    10-19-2011, 08:49 PM
  #28
Weanling
And your BO won't speak to this other boarder about his behavior? There's no reason YOU should be run off when someone else is causing the drama.
     
    10-19-2011, 08:55 PM
  #29
Showing
That's the thing. He was told by THREE different people (the BO, the BO's wife and the trainer) to leave me and my friend alone. He was told not to talk to us, at all. The BO told my friend today that he was going to talk to the boarder, but I doubt it'll do any good...it obviously didn't do any good the first time.
     
    10-19-2011, 09:23 PM
  #30
Showing
That sucks about the other boarder. Sounds like Aires is doing great!
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