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        10-21-2012, 05:29 PM

    Here is a picture of Indie before I took her back out to the pasture!
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        10-22-2012, 09:22 PM
    October 22, 2012

    A quick visit tonight, although I got a nice half hour ride in! I whistled to Indie out in the pasture, and she started to walk over.. until Mirabelle decided to be a turd and herd her in the other direction. Once I shoo'd Mirabelle away, I walked over to Indie and she happily walked out with me.

    I grabbed some brushes and the liniment and gave Indie a good brushing. I have no clue how she manages to get dirty underneath her blanket, but horses will be horses, I suppose! She must've gotten nipped or something on her butt.. again.. because there was a little piece of skin hanging, so I put some Fiske's on that after I brushed her off. I rubbed her legs down and put her in her stall with some hay so that I could roll her polo wraps. On another note, my dad finally found somebody to make my stall sign so it should be done by the end of this week!

    The design that I came up with about a month or so ago. The background is navy with turquoise lettering. I chose a dreamcatcher for the side because a) I had chosen the name Indie because it's boho (seeing as how chill she is, and how I really love that style) b) my dream of owning a horse finally came true!

    Once I had the polos all rolled up (in record time!), I got Indie out of her stall and tacked her up. I brought her down to the arena just as my instructor finished a lesson so we had good timing. I led her around large for a lap before getting on. She actually stood still while I tightened the girth and put down my stirrups, usually she gets distracted or wants to know what I'm doing so she walks over beside me.

    I hopped on and we started with lots of bending, backing up and sidepasses. I tried working all her muscle groups before we got into trot transitions. After a few lateral flexions and some nice, round back ups, we did about ten minutes of walk-trot, trot-walk transitions! They went super well! For the majority of the time, she stayed round and actually walked forward into the transition. Back on Wednesday, she liked to short stride into the walk so my instructor had us working on staying round and forward throughout the transition. Lots of improvement since then!

    After she was well warmed up, I figured that we might as well try some canters. I was so thrilled when she picked up the correct lead while going left rein.. the first try! I let her canter a few circles (just so that she realizes that what she did was right) before giving her a neck rub and letting her take a brief walk break so that she could process what she just did.

    Then, we changed directions. It took three tries.. but considering that she normally takes much longer going right rein to get the lead, I was quite content with that. After I got two correct lead canters, I gave her a neck rub. However, after the second one, she was pretty worked up and she wanted to canter more. So, I spent the next five minutes just trotting. I waited until she had calmed down and was light on my hands and round before I let her walk. She hasn't done that much in awhile! Although, cantering has been put on the back burner most days since we're working on her walk and trot. My instructor said to just try a few transitions at least every other ride but to focus on walk/trot for now.

    I cooled her down with walking a bunch of circles and some more backing up.. then I just hopped down and I walked her by-hand for a few minutes before I brought her up. I was in a rush to leave as my dad wanted to get home before it was too late, plus I needed to do some last minute touches on my media studies presentation, so I stuck to the necessities before putting her blanket on and returning her to the pasture.

    Tomorrow is our group lesson day so fingers crossed that it goes well!
        10-23-2012, 09:06 PM
    October 23, 2012

    I had this all typed out but then it froze.. so I'm going to just highlight the main details this time around since I have less time.

    What we focused on this lesson, and results:

    Backing up: More round, head down (ie: no resistance), more fluent steps
    Side passes: Less resistant, felt more round and fluent.. although a bit more hesitant. I need to get her more consistent.
    Canter transitions: Left lead is good and quick, needs rounding and more bending. Right lead.. needs much more work so that will be our main focus point. She likes to dive to the inside as well, even with leg and an open outside rein. So we'll be adding that to our work list.
    Suppling: She was much more supple and soft in the hand by the end of the lesson.
    Overtracking: Her natural walk overtracks by two inches so we got it up to four but I'm going to keep trying to extend that as time goes on and she develops more muscles and overall fitness/ability.
    Overall: Quite good, and I'm really happy with her walk-trot transitions and her back ups.

    I can't wait until tomorrow! She must be getting sick of seeing me.
        10-24-2012, 10:05 PM
    Entry for tonight will be coming tomorrow! Should have lots of time.

    A brief note though, I love this horse! I feel like our training has hit a plateau of some sort but we'll work through it and improve! We did turns on the forehand/haunches tonight and it was clear that she has done very little of that, if any.. her lips were flapping up a storm = stressing right out, so we walked a few circles until it ceased. We had a few good tries though!
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        10-25-2012, 06:11 PM
    October 25, 2012

    No barn visit today, but I think I tracked down Indie's breeder! I sent an e-mail through their website with her tattoo number, sire/dam names and registered names.. so hopefully it's the right James Cassidy. Cross your fingers that he has pictures or even just information!
        10-26-2012, 04:35 PM
    October 26, 2012

    No barn tonight, I think this is the longest I've gone.. yes, two days. I might have separation anxiety, haha. Not really, but I miss her!

    I e-mailed Pleasant Ridge and asked if the SMBs had arrived yet, and apparently they came in this week except they're behind on shipping.. so they'll be shipping on Monday! Yay!
        10-27-2012, 05:02 PM
    October 27, 2012

    It is so nice out today! I spent it at the barn which made it even better. I got there around noon so I grabbed Indie out from the pasture and we headed up to get ready.

    I took about an hour or so because I also had to take out all her little mane braids and I wanted to take a picture or two.

    The arena was pretty warm, so Indie was sweating about halfway through our ride.

    I warmed her up with a few laps of forward walking, then lots and lots of backing up to get her back stretched and rounded. We then did about twenty minutes of walk/trot transitions until they were consistent. There were times when it felt as though she was going great!

    Because of how warm it was, and how dusty in the arena, we ended it there and I walked her out by-hand. All in all, she was going pretty well by then end of it.

    After she was untacked, I hosed her off completely because she was a bit sweaty. Seeing as how it was so nice out (no wind either!), I put her outside and cleaned tack.

    I managed to clean her saddle, bridle and even her leather halter! Once I had finished cleaning up, I brought Indie back in for a good half hour and groomed her before treating her feet. It was a tad buggy out, so I put her fly mask on and wrote a note for my instructor when she came to do supper chores: "Please take off Indie's fly mask and put her rain sheet on pending the weather!".

    I put her outside and then headed home! I'm sure she's out enjoying the sun now!
        10-28-2012, 09:27 AM
    October 28, 2012

    My dad is supposed to be dropping me off at the barn later, and this is what Indie and I are going to work on today:

    Warm Up
    - A couple laps each way, going large.. moving forward and trying to reach for contact and round up.. during this time, I'll stretch my ankles and shoulders so that I can ride more freely
    - One lap each way of backing up at each letter
    - At least one sidepass each way, pending on how she's feeling (don't want to push my luck as she seems more unwilling as of lately.. but we'll try)
    - Three laps each way of walk/trot transitions
    - A few three loop serpentines, with a walk transition at center line
    - Quarter line serpentines at a trot until she's more loosened up

    - Leg yields at trot
    - Getting her to stretch out at trot and round up
    - a walk break
    - Try some turns on the forehand and haunches
    - A walk break (she tends to get stressed when we work on something new)
    - One canter left lead and three right lead (on a circle, just to make it easier for her)
    - Do some more quarterline serpentines at a trot for a lap or two

    Cool down
    - Forward walk for a couple laps
    - Hop off and walk out by-hand

    Let's keep our fingers crossed for a successful ride! I think I'm going to figure out our rides beforehand so that we get more variety and so that we get lots done!
        10-28-2012, 06:12 PM
    October 28, 2012: Entry 2

    Indie is a foamy beast, that is all. During our ride today, she was flinging globs of it around.

    I got to the barn around 1:30 today and I ran my butt down to the pasture to grab Indie! She seemed pretty content to see me.

    Once she was on the cross ties, I got her all groomed up. Her winter coat must be coming in.. it's wavy, poofy and just not flattering. Oh well, I'm sure her coat in the spring will be lovely! Much to my not surprise, she had a nip mark on her butt.. still no friends. She should just pair up with the other loner mare, who happens to be her reincarnatee, Annie. (ten years age difference, but they have a bit of resemblance! Indie is much prettier though! )

    I was reading the bottle on the leg rub and it said to use after the ride.. so we're switching that part of our routine since I always did it before.

    I put the stirrups back on my saddle and wrapped her legs. I'm so glad that our new SMBs are finally coming in this week, so much more convenient and quick! Plus they'll be more consistent in support/pressure/tension/etc.

    I finished tacking up and we headed down to the arena. Thor was down there barking at the pigeons so I told him to get out, and luckily, he did.. and didn't return.

    For our warm up, we did about fifteen lateral flexions.. a few laps each way at a forward walk, three laps on backing up at each letter.. and then did a few sidepasses each direction.

    Then, we did a three loop serpentine with walk transitions at center line. It frustrates me, but nowadays, Indie's first trot transition after a walk break/warm up/etc is very slow and I have to use quite a bit of leg pressure to get her going. So a lot of our ride is just trot transitions, I definitely don't want her to turn into a lazy bum.

    Once she was all warmed up, I started out with a left lead canter (the one that she usually picks up easiest). She got it the first try, so I let her canter a couple circles and rewarded her.

    After I trotted a circle, we changed directions. Up until today, she would usually fall in and not get it.

    Our first attempt was a failure, she fell in and was doing a really fast trot that made the canter impossible to pick up. Tried again, same thing. So next time, I used only a turned in inside thumb, inside leg and a bit of outside leg. Wrong leg. Tried it again, correct lead! Bingo! Let her go about three circles, brought her back to a trot, gave her a nice neck rub. I got it twice more, both within the first try! After that, her mouth was getting insanely foamy.. excessively. I gave her a walk break so that she could think about what she just did and so that she could catch her breath.

    We did a couple laps each way at the trot doing leg yields and since she was going satisfactory, we left it at that. We walked to the benches to grab my saddle cover and we walked out by-hand. I think she really had a nice work out because she was over tracking more than usually without me encouraging her any.

    Once she was untacked, I took her out and hosed her off. I brought a cloth out with me as well so I washed off her face as well.

    Following a nice groom session, I put her in her stall for her supper. Of course, the pig "snuck" into her stall over ten times, despite me chasing him off with a broom repeatedly. I ended up barricading him in a stall.

    After Indie was out to pasture, chowing on grass, I waited for my mom to arrive so that we could drive to the Esso and get some slushies!
        10-29-2012, 08:18 PM
    October 29, 2012

    No barn today, but order from Greenhawk came in! Got a nice, super soft goat hair brush.. a nice quality curry.. stirrups.. and a saddle pad! Hopefully the Pleasant Ridge order will come in but I'm not sure about the one, although it has been shipped.

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